Red Willow County

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Red Willow

Red Willow County is named for Red Willow Creek which is a mistranslation of the Dakota Native American name “Chan-shasha Wakpala” meaning “Red Dog Creek” after the shrub which was abundant along the creek.

 

Created:  February 27, 1873

County Seat:

Indianola    1873 – 1896

McCook     1896 – present

 

County Courthouse – McCook

 

Location:  502 George Norris Avenue / East E Street

Built:  1926 – 1927

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Marcus L Evans of Hastings

Contractor:  Fred Swanson of McCook

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story buff colored Bedford limestone structure. The east front has a central entrance on the first story. Four large columns rise from the second story to the top of the third story with recessed windows. The first story has horizontal stonework. A wide cornice runs below the flat roof line. The building was remodeled in 1990. The architect was Lloyd Benjamin & Associates and the contractor was Carmichael Construction.

 

Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by A M Leach and constructed in 1896. The building was demolished.

 

See:  The architect, Marcus L Evans of Hastings, also designed the courthouse in Saline County.

 

See:  The contractor, Fred Swanson of McCook, also constructed the courthouse in Saline County,

 

Courthouses: 

N – Frontier County

E – Furnas County

S – Decatur County, Kansas and Rawlins County, Kansas

W – Hitchcock County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2010