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Jackson County

Jackson County is named for Andrew Jackson, who was the 7th President of the United States from 1829 to 1837.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Nemaha County and Brown County 

E – Atchison County and Jefferson County

S – Shawnee County

W – Pottawatomie County


Created:  August 30, 1855                     Map of Kansas highlighting Jackson County

County Seat:

Holton  1855 – present


County Courthouse – Holton


Location:  400 New York Avenue / 4th Street

Built:  1920 – 1921

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Thomas W Williamson & Company of Topeka

Contractor:  James Cuthbert & Sons of Topeka


Description: The building faces west and is a three story buff colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on the spacious landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Holton. The west front has five rectangular openings with recessed entrance. Four large columns rise from the second story to the top of the third story with a wide header above. The north and south sides have two columns above a single rectangular opening. The first story has horizontal stone. There is a balustrade along the flat roof line. In the interior, the County District Court courtroom is located on the third story. The building houses the County District Court of the 2nd Judicial District. 


Note:  During construction of the courthouse, only three men were injured, and two of them were the contractors themselves. James Cuthbert, the elder, fell from the roof to the court house floor, and his son fell fifteen feet from a scaffold while working on the outside of the building. ( credit – Jackson County Historical Society )


See:  The architect, Thomas W Williamson & Company of Topeka, also designed courthouses in Cheyenne County, Sheridan County and Smith County.


See:  The contractor, Cuthbert & Sons, constructed courthouses in Ness County, Phillips County, Rice County and Rooks County.


See:  The 2nd Judicial District includes Jefferson CountyPottawatomie County and Wabaunsee County.


History:  The county was created in 1855 and Holton was selected as the county seat. The county name was originally Calhoun County, but with the beginning of the Civil War, the name was changed to Jackson County. The county used rented premises until the first courthouse, a two story structure was designed by John S McKeen and built by Joseph Hockam, Amos A Fenn, Nan Liddell and John S Anderson in 18771 to 1872. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1920 to 1921 at a cost of $111,875.



County Courthouse – Holton













County District Court courtroom





Photos taken 2010