Nowata County

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Nowata County is named for Nowata, which is the county seat and is a Delaware Native American word meaning “welcome” or a sign posted that there was no water at a local spring.


Created:  July 16, 1907

County Seat:

Nowata  1907 – present


County Courthouse – Nowata 


Location:  229 North Maple Street / East Delaware Avenue

Built:  1913 – 1914

Style:  Late 19th Century and 20th Century Revival

Architect:  J W Roberts

Contractor:  C C Cleeper Construction Company


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick, stone  and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Nowata. The east front has a portico with two columns rising to the top of the second story with a balcony on the second story and a small pediment above. There is a small cupola on the center of the roof. The base of the building is course stone. There is a red colored tile hipped roof.


Note:  The cost of construction of the courthouse was $65,000. The only other courthouse with a red colored tile roof is in Grant County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Nowata County Courthouse


Note:  The first courthouse was the third story of the National Bank of Nowata Building. Fire destroyed the building in 1909 and the second courthouse was a small building on Davis Street. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1912.



N – Montgomery County, Kansas and Labette County, Kansas

E – Craig County

S – Rogers County

W – Washington County





County Courthouse – Nowata



















Photos taken 2010