Chase County Courthouse
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. Please call for more information.
The Chase County Courthouse is found along the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway. This unique byway offers incredible views of the native grasses and flowers of the tallgrass prairie - one of the last remaining such landscapes left in the world. Much of the land along the Byway looks as it did thousands of years ago when the Kaw, Osage and other native tribes lived here. You will also find towns filled with charming shops, restaurants, artwork, and antiques. Take a look at the other sights you can see along the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway here.
This spot is located in the Flint Hills Designated Scenic Region. Soaring and diving from hilltop to valley along one of the quiet country highways through the Flint Hills will quickly challenge your notions of prairie. Flat? Not here. Empty? Not if you look closely. The continent's largest remaining tract of tallgrass is also one of America's unique places, harboring a wealth of adventure, beauty, and history. The region's sweeping horizons and carpets of wildflowers captivate artists and enchant visitors. Learn more here.