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Allen County

Allen County is named for William Allen, who was a United States Senator from Ohio and Governor of Ohio.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Anderson County

E – Bourbon County

S – Neosho County

W – Woodson County


Created:  August 25, 1855                     Map of Kansas highlighting Allen County

County Seat:

Cofachique  1855 – 1857

Humboldt     1858 – 1865

Iola               1865 – present


County Courthouse – Iola


Location:  1 North Washington Avenue / West Jackson Avenue

Built:  1957 – 1958

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Brink and Dunwoody of Iola

Contractor:  Dondlinger & Sons Construction Company. Inc.


Description: The building faces west and is a one story red colored brick and light colored concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Lola. he building has a raised basement. The west front has an entrance on the northwest with concrete canopy and recessed glass entrance. There is red brick facing on the north section. The south entrance has a similar canopy and recessed glass entrance. In the interior stairs ascend to the fist story. The County District Court courtroom is located on the southeast side of the building. The County District court small courtroom is located on the southwest side of the building. The building houses the County District Court of the 31st Judicial District. To the northeast is the Old County Jail.


Note:  On May 20, 1957 the commission accepted bids from Dondlinger & Sons Construction Co. Inc. for building work of $449,175; Brune Plumbing, Heating and Electric Co. for mechanical work for $127,112; Murray Electric Company for electrical work for $47,636; and Decatur Iron and Steel Company, Inc for Jail equipment for $32,441 for a total cost of $656,364.


Note:  The clock from the old courthouse constructed in 1904 sits on the lawn. In 1904, the architect was J C Holland & Squires and the contractor was O Swanson. The old County Jail is still standing.


See:  The 31st Judicial District includes Neosho CountyWilson County and Woodson County.


History:  The county was created in 1855 and Cofachique was selected as the county sea. In 1857, the county seat was moved to Humbolt and in 1865 was moved to Iola. In 1866, the first courthouse was a building purchased by George J Eldridge in Iola. The second courthouse was also purchased in 1877 at a cost of $1,800. The county jail was erected in 1869 at a cost of $8,400. The third courthouse was designed by J C Holland & Squires and constructed by O Swanson in 1904. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1957 to 1958.



County Courthouse – Iola





















County District Court courtroom













County District Court small courtroom







Old County Courthouse Clock 1904



Old County Jail – Iola





Photos taken 2010 and 2022