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Pawnee County

Pawnee County is named for the Pawnee Native American tribe who resided in the region.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Rush County and Barton County

E – Barton County and Stafford County

S – Edwards County

W – Hodgeman County and Ness County


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

County Seat:

Larned  1872 – present


County Courthouse – Larned 


Location:  715 Broadway Street / West 7th Street

Built:  1917 – 1919

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  William Earl Hulse & Company of Hutchison

Contractor:  William Foley


Description: The building faces east and is is a four story buff colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Larned. The building has a raised basement and has a high central portico supported by four high columns with pediment at the roof line of the third story. The entrance is located on the second story with a large arched windows above.  The fourth story is recessed. The foundation is white colored stone. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the County District Court courtroom is located on the west side of the third story. There is a small courtroom located at the southwest corner of the third story. The building houses the County District Court of the 24th Judicial District. 


Note: The architect, William Earl Hulse & Company of Hutchison, designed courthouses in Barton County, Brown County, Kiowa County, Osage CountyReno County, Wallace County and Wichita County.


Note:  The same architect and contractor constructed courthouses in Wallace County and Wichita County.


See:  The 24th Judicial District includes Edwards County, Hodgeman County, Lane County, Ness County and Rush County.


History:  The county was created in 1867 and Larned was selected as the county seat in 1872 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was a two story structure erected in Larned in 1884. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1918 to 1919.



County Courthouse – Larned













County District Court small courtroom









County District Court courtroom



















Commission Minutes 1918



Fort Larned National Historic Site







Photos taken 2006, 2010 and 2022