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Gove County

Gove County is named for Captain Grenville L Gove of company G, eleventh Kansas cavalry, who died November 7, 1864 during the Civil War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Thomas County and Sheridan County

E – Trego County

S – Ness CountyLane County and Scott County

W – Logan County

 

Created:  March 11, 1868                       Map of Kansas highlighting Gove County

County Seat:

Gove  1868 – present

 

County Courthouse – Gove  

 

Location:  420 Broad Street / 5th Street

Built:  1885 – 1886

Style:  Hotel

Architect:  George R Ropes of Topeka

Contractor:  E A Benson

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick structure. The  building is located in the center of Gove. The rectangular shaped building has a small entrance extension on the east side. The building has extended on the west side. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the courtroom is located on the north side of the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the 23rd Judicial District. The building was remodeled in 1960 and in 1974, the exterior was faced with brick.

 

See:  The architect, George R Ropes of Topeka also designed the courthouse in Trego County.

 

See:  The building is the oldest courthouse in Western Kansas and is the third oldest courthouse in Kansas after the courthouses in Chase County (1873) and Pottawatomie County (1884). The fourth oldest courthouse is located in Linn County (1886).

 

See:  The 23rd Judicial District includes Ellis CountyRooks County and Trego County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1868 and Gove was selected as the county seat. The courthouse was originally built as the Benson House, a hotel. The building was a handsome post-rock structure. When the county was organized in 1886, it purchased the hotel in 1886, and moved into the building in 1887. At some point in its history the stone courthouse was stuccoed over, and it existed as a white colored stucco building for most of the 20th Century. In the past 20 years or so additions have been made to the rear of the structure and the exterior was bricked over.

 

County Administration Building – Gove  

 

 

Location:  520 Washington Street / 5th Street

Built:  1959 – 1960

Style:  Schoolhouse

Architect:  Alvin Row

Contractor:  Hatfield Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a one and two story red colored brick school style structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on the east side of the center of Gove. The south section is one story with white colored surface around the windows. In the interior is a central north-south corridor. The north section resides to two stories and housed the auditorium. The roof line is flat. 

 

 

County Courthouse – Gove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Country Administration Building – Gove

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commissioner’s Meeting Room

 

 

Photos taken 2007 and 2022