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Chautauqua County

Chautauqua County is named for Chautauqua County in the State of New York.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Elk County

E – Montgomery County

S – Washington County, Oklahoma and Osage County, Oklahoma

W – Cowley County


Created:  March 30, 1875                       Map of Kansas highlighting Chautauqua County

County Seat:

Sedan  1875 – present


County Courthouse – Sedan 


Location:  215 North Chautauqua Street / Elm Street

Built:  1917 – 1918

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  George P Washburn & Sons of Ottawa

Contractor:  L F Nebelong


Description: The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick, limestone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Sedan. The building has a raised basement of white colored limestone. The east front has steps rising to the first story with a large portico supported by four high Ionic columns rising to a wide header at the roof line. A horizontal belt of limestone runs above the second story windows. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the County District Court courtroom is located along the south side of the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the 14th Judicial District. On the west side is a three story addition.


See: The architect, George P Washburn & Sons, designed courthouses in Anderson County, Atchison County, Butler County, Doniphan County, Franklin County, Harper County, Kingman County, Miami County, Pratt County and Woodson County, and Beaver County in Oklahoma.


See:  The 14th Judicial District includes Montgomery County.


History:  Originally Godfrey County was created in 1855 and changed to Seward County in 1860. The Chautauqua County was created in 1875 and Sedan was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story stone structure erected by H B Kelly in Sedan 1875 to 1877. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1917 to 1918.



County Courthouse – Sedan

















County District Court courthouse















Photos taken 2010 and 2022