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Ottawa County

Ottawa County is named for the Ottawa Native American tribe.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Cloud County

E – Clay County and Dickinson County

S – Saline County 

W – Lincoln County and Mitchell County

 

Created:  February 27, 1860                  Map of Kansas highlighting Ottawa County

County Seat:

Minneapolis  1860 – present

 

County Courthouse – Minneapolis 

 

Location:  307 North Concord Street / West 3rd Street

Built:  1956 – 1957

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Williamson-Loebsack & Associates

Contractor:  Johnson Brothers Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story buff colored limestone, glass and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Minneapolis. The east front has vertical glass panels and a canopy at the main entrance located towards the south side. The north and south walls are white colored limestone. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the walls are lined with gray colored marble. The County District Court courtroom is located on the west side of the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the 28th Judicial District. On the west side is the two story Sheriff Office and County Jail.

 

See:  The architect, Williamson-Loebsack & Associates of Topeka, designed courthouses in Cloud CountyGreenwood County and Sumner County.

 

See:  The 28th Judicial District includes Saline County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1860 and Ayersburg (Lindsey) was selected as the county seat. The county seat was moved to Minneapolis in 1860. The county rented premises and the court was attached to Davis County (Geary County) in Junction City. The first courthouse was a two story brick structure built by Kelly & Stephenson in Minneapolis in 1886 with interior work by Limdgren & Manly. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1956 to 1957.

 

 

County Courthouse – Minneapolis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2009 and 2022