Chase County Courthouse

(620) 273-8469
300 Pearl, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845

Built 1872-1873, this French Renaissance native limestone building is the oldest working courthouse in the state of Kansas. During the decade following the Civil War, Chase County residents knew their county had outgrown its log cabin courthouse and makeshift jail. At a special election in August 1871, thirteen years after the county's formation and with a population of about 600, voters approved a $40,000 bond levy for a new courthouse and jail. Native limestone, used in the building, has also been shipped to every state in the country where it may be found in scores of famous public structures, including the Capitol building in Washington D.C. and the Topeka State Capitol building. Each year visitors from many states and foreign countries visit the Courthouse, marveling at its architectural design, the stonework, and the spiral staircase in the same way the pioneers did in 1873. In 1971 the Courthouse was entered in the National Registry of Historic Places and the Kansas Historical Site register. Unmatched in durability and design, the Courthouse remains a living tribute to its builders and the Flint Hills pioneers who dreamed of a Courthouse which would stand a century.

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