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Harper County

Harper County is named for Marion Harper, who was a Sergeant of the Second Kansas Cavalry and who died near Waldron, Arkansas in December 1863.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Kingman County

E – Sumner County

S – Grant County, Oklahoma and Alfalfa County, Oklahoma

W – Barber County

 

Created:  February 26, 1867                  Map of Kansas highlighting Harper County

County Seat:

Anthony  1867 – present

 

County Courthouse – Anthony 

 

Location:  201 Jennings Avenue / East Steadman Street

Built:  1907 – 1908

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  George P Washburn & Sons of Ottawa

Contractor:  Matheim & Walker of St. Joseph, Missouri

 

Description: The building faces west and is a three story red colored brick, limestone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Anthony. The building has a raised course stone basement and entrances on three sides. The west front has a one story stone porch on the first story and above are arched windows. At the roof is a large pediment with semi-circular window. At each corner is an octagonal red colored brick tower with steep roof. In the center of the building rises a square red colored brick clock tower with clock and statue of Justice at the top. In the interior there are wide corridors, tiled wainscoting and floors, wood work and cast-iron grillwork. The County District Court courtroom is located on the east side of the second story extending into the third story. On the third story is a small courtroom. The building houses the County District Court of the 30th Judicial District. 

 

Note:  Other contracts were let to Reynolds and Jones of Kingman for plumbing and heating, J Q McAfee for wood furniture, Livingstone Furniture Company for opera chairs, L L Livingston for electrical and Art Metal Construction Company for the vaults. The budget for construction was $60,000.

 

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

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Harper County Courthouse

 

See:  The 30th Judicial District includes Barber County, Kingman County, Pratt County and Sumner County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1867 and Anthony was selected as the county seat in 1878 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was a brick structure built in 1881. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1907 to 1908.

 

 

County Courthouse – Anthony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Courrt small courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2010 and 2022