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Reno County

Reno County is named for Jesse L Reno, who was the Commander of the Union 9th Army Corps and who was killed at the Battle of South Mountain on September 14, 1862.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Rice County and McPherson County

E – Harvey County and Sedgwick County

S – Sedgwick County and Kingman County

W – Pratt County and Stafford County


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

County Seat:

Hutchinson  1867 – present


County Courthouse – Hutchinson 


Location:  206 West 1st Street / North Adams Street

Built:  1929 – 1930

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  William Earl Hulse & Company of Hutchison

Contractor:  Blaser & Vollmer of Wichita


Description: The building faces west and is a six story buff brick, Carthage limestone, Bedford limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Hutchinson. The south front has a projecting center section of the first story with large arch at the recessed entrance. Behind rises a high central section with vertical windows framed with stone. The east and west wings are tiered on each story. In the interior are marble baseboards and paneling, burled walnut wainscoting and decorative light fixtures. At the entrance is a lobby with the elevators and beyond is the large hall. Mezzanines on the north and south sides overlook the hall. A rusticated marble fireplace stands in the south wall of the third story. On the third story is a large central corridor and the County District Court courtrooms. The eastern courtroom is the original courtroom and the western courtroom was completed later. The eastern courtroom has unfinished mahogany beams painted mustard and gold colors with carved floral and vegetal motifs. The building houses the County District Court of the 27th Judicial District. On the west side is a one story buff colored brick addition housing the City County Law Enforcement Center constructed in 1971. The architect was Miller, Witt, Dronger, Abbott and Walker and the contractor was L R Foy Construction Company of Hutchinson.


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


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Reno County Courthouse


 History:  The county was created in 1867 and Hutchinson was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was constructed by W E Hutchinson in Hutchinson in 1872 at a cost of $15,000. The second courthouse was designed by D T DePry and built in 1902. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1929 to 1930 at a cost of $513,000.



County Courthouse – Hutchinson



















County District Court original courtroom







County District Court courtroom



Picture 1902 County Courthouse







County Law Enforcement Center – Hutchinson









Photos taken 2010 and 2016