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Rawlins County

Rawlins County is named for John A Rawlins ( 1831-1869 ), who was General Ulysses S Grant’s chief of staff during the Civil War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Dundy County, Nebraska, Hitchcock County, Nebraska and  Red Willow County, Nebraska

E – Decatur County

S – Thomas County

W – Cheyenne County


Created:  March 20, 1873                       Map of Kansas highlighting Rawlins County

County Seat:

Atwood  1881 – present


County Courthouse – Atwood  


Location:  607 Main Street / North 6th Street

Built:  1906 – 1907

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  Eisenfraut-Colby-Pottinger Company

Contractor:  Winters & Short


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story dark red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Atwood. The building has a central square red colored brick tower with steep roof rising above the south entrance. The south front has steps up to a stone trimmed entrance with glass paneling. There is stone facing at the basement level and stone trim at the building corners. The roof is hipped with gable ends on three sides. In the interior, the County District Court courtroom is located on the north side of the third story. The building houses the County District Court of the 15th Judicial District. 


See:  The 15th Judicial District includes Cheyenne CountyLogan CountyRawlins CountySheridan CountySherman CountyThomas County and Wallace County.


History:  The country was created in 1873 and Atwood was selected as the county seat in 1881 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was a two story structure built in 1881. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1906 to 1907.



County Courthouse – Atwood













County District Court courtroom

















Buffalo statue



Photos taken 2007 and 2022