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Dickinson County

Dickinson County is named for Daniel Stevens Dickinson, who was a United States senator for New York.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Clay County

E – Geary County and Morris County

S – Marion County

W – Saline County and Ottawa County

 

Created:  February 20, 1857                  Map of Kansas highlighting Dickinson County

County Seat:

Abilene  1857 – present

 

County Courthouse – Abilene 

 

Location:  109 East 1st Street  / Buckeye Street

Built:  1955 – 1956

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Cayton and Murray

Contractor:  Martin K Eby Construction Company of Wichita.

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Abilene. There is a canopy at the entrance along the south side. The second story windows are horizontal with an overhang above. The west side has white colored stone facing. The roof line is flat. In the interior The County District Court courtroom 1 is located on the north side of the second story and courtroom 2 is located on the east side of the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the 8th Judicial District. 

 

See:  The 8th Judicial District includes Geary CountyMarion County and Morris County. 

 

History:  The county was created in 1857 and Abilene was selected as the county seat. The county used rented premises until the first courthouse, a red colored brick structure was constructed in 1885. An addition was added in 1904 and the architect was H M Handley. In 1955, the general bid for the second and present courthouse went to Martin K. Eby Construction Company from Wichita, the electrical base bid went to Acker Electrical Company of Manhattan, the base bid for plumbing & heating to Gage Plumbing & Heating Co Inc. from Salina and the base bid for the jail to Decatur Iron & Steel Co from Alabama.

 

 

County Courthouse – Abilene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courthouse 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dwight D Eisenhower Home – Abilene

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2010 and 2022