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Kearny County

Kearny County is named for General Phillip Kearny ( 1815-1862 ), a career soldier who served in the Mexican War and who was killed at the Battle of Chantilly on September 1, 1862.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Wichita County

E – Finney County

S – Grant County

W – Hamilton County

 

Created:  March 20 1873                        Map of Kansas highlighting Kearny County

County Seat:

Lakin  1888 – present

 

County Courthouse – Lakin  

 

Location:  304 North Main Street / Washington Avenue

Built:  1939

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Overend & Boucher of Wichita

Contractor:  A W Soderberg Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Lakin. The southwest front has vertical pilasters diving the windows. The main entrance is located in the center of the first story and is trimmed with stone. There is one story wing on the southeast side and another one story wing on the northwest side. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the central corridor runs southeast-northwest. The County District Court courtroom is located on the northeast side of the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the 25th Judicial District. On the northwest side is the County Public Library.

 

See:  The architect, Overend & Boucher of Wichita, designed courthouses in Hamilton County and Washington County.

 

See:  The other courthouses in Kansas which were constructed with federal government funding under WPA and PWA are located in Ellis County and Jewell County.

 

See:  The 25th Judicial District includes Finney CountyGreeley CountyHamilton County, Scott County and Wichita County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1873 and Lakin was selected as the county seat in 1888, when the county was organized. The first courthouse was a two story frame structure built in 1885. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1939.

 

 

County Courthouse – Lakin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2007 and 2022