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Kingman County

Kingman County is named for Samuel A Kingman, who was a member of the Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court, state librarian and the first president of the Kansas State Historical Society.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Reno County

E – Sedgwick County and Sumner County

S – Harper County and Barber County

W – Barber County and Pratt County

 

Created:  March 7, 1872                         Map of Kansas highlighting Kingman County

County Seat:

Kingman  1872 – present

 

County Courthouse – Kingman 

 

Location:  130 Spruce Street / East Sherman Street

Built:  1907 – 1908

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  George P Washburn & Sons of Ottawa

Contractor:  Matheim & Walters 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 Kingman. The basement is raised and the foundation is rusticated limestone. The building has at each corner, a slightly projecting square tower block with a pyramidal roof. The west front has a stone porch on the first story. The windows are vertical and narrow with arched windows above on the second story. The center section rises to a pediment at the roof line. On the center of the roof is an octagonal cupola. Rusticated stone impost blocks form a broken stringcourse around the entire building. The roof is hipped. In the interior, the County District Court courtroom is located on the east side of the second story and has a high ceiling rising into the third story with the small arched windows along the top of the wall. There is a fireplace. A small courtroom ius located on the third story. The building houses the County District Court of the 30th Judicial District. 

 

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

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Kingman County Courthouse

 

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

 

History:  The county was created in 1872 and Kingman was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built after 1872 at a cost of $25,000. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1907 to 1908.

 

 

County Courthouse – Kingman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court small courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2010 and 2022