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McPherson County

McPherson County is named for James Birdseye McPherson, who was a Major General during the American Civil War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Saline County

E – Marion County

S – Harvey County and Reno County

W – Rice County and Ellsworth County


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

County Seat:

Sweaval         1870

Lindsborg       1870 – 1873

McPherson    1873 – present


County Courthouse – McPherson 


Location:  117 North Maple Street / West Kansas Avenue

Built:  1893 – 1894

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  John G Haskell and J F Stanton of Topeka

Contractor:  James Jack of Hutchinson


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story cream colored Kansas limestone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of McPherson. The building has a raised basement. The east front front has a high square tower rising six stories with clock and steep roof at the top. At the bottom of the tower is an arched entrance. Small wings project on the north and south sides. In the interior are wood stairs and trim. The County District Court courtroom is located on the west side of the second story. There is a small courtroom on the south side of the third story. The building houses the County District Court of the 9th Judicial District. The building was renovated in 1980. The architect was E Tom Pyle Jr. & Associates and the contractor was Bob Albers Construction.


Note:  Originally the clock tower had clock faces on the four sides but no clock. Around 1908 a popular subscription raised around $1,200 to purchase a clock. Built in 1893-1894 when hard times had brought building materials and skilled labor to the lowest price level in many years, the County Courthouse exhibits a quality of workmanship and construction which could not be duplicated today.


Note:  The limestone was quarried near Strong City in Chase County. James Jack received the construction contract for $32,594. Frank Dillon was awarded the excavation and stone hauling contract and A G Linn of Freemount was appointed to supervise all stone and brick work..


See:  The architect, John G Haskell, also designed courthouses in Chase County and Douglas County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – McPherson County Courthouse


Old Opera House / County Courthouse – McPherson



Location:  221 South Main Street / Sutherland Street

Built:  1888 – 1889

Style:  Eclectic / Victorian

Architect:  Unkown

Contractor:  W G Reynolds and stone work by Ellison and Linn


Description:  The building faces west and is a three story red colored brick and stone Eclectic and Victorian style structure. The rectangular shaped building is located in the center of McPherson. The first story has commercial stores. The second and third stories have arched windows trimmed with stone. A stone parapet rises above the roof line. On the south side are double doors at the first story flanked by granite columns within the archway. The roof line is flat The building was constructed as an opera house at a cost of $40,000. The building served as the second courthouse from 1889 to 1894.


First County Courthouse ( Sweadal ) – Lindsborg 



Location:  120 East Mill Street – Lindsborg

Built:  1869

Style:  Frame

Architect:  Major Leonard Holmberg

Contractor:  Major Leonard Holmberg


Description:  The building faces west and is located in the Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg. The building has single room.


See:  The 9th Judicial District includes Harvey County.


History:  The county was created in 1867 and Sweadal was selected as the county seat in 1870 when the county was organized. The first courthouse built in 1869 was a frame structure in Sweadal, and is now located in the Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg. In 1870, the county seat was moved to Lindsborg and then moved to McPherson 1873. The county rented premises and in 1889 rented the Opera House was used the second courthouse. The third and present courthouse was constructed in McPherson in 1893 at a cost of $35,000.



County Courthouse – McPherson



















County District Court courtroom

















Small courtroom











Statue of Major General James B McPherson



Old Opera House / County Courthouse – McPherson









First County Courthouse ( Sweadal ) – Lindsborg





Photos taken 2010, 2016 and 2022