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Seward County

Seward County is named for William H Seward ( 1801-1872 ), senator from New York and leader of the anti-slavery wing of the Whig Party, and who served as Secretary of State arranging the purchase of Alaska.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Haskell County

E – Meade County

S – Beaver County, Oklahoma and Texas County, Oklahoma

W – Stevens County

 

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

County Seat:

Liberal  1886 – present

 

County Courthouse – Liberal  

 

Location:  415 North Washington Avenue / East 5th Street

Built:  1956 – 1957

Style:  Modern

Architect:  W I Fisher and Company

Contractor:  Irvinbilt Company

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a one story buff colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Liberal. The building has an extended roof over the edge of the existing building. On the west front is a large wall. The horizontal windows run below the roof line. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the County District Court is located along the northwest side of the building. There is another large courtroom and two small courtrooms. The building houses the County District Court of the 26th Judicial District. The architect was W I Fisher and Company and the contractor was Irvinbilt Company. On the north side is the County Administration Building.

 

See:  The 26th Judicial District includes Grant County, Haskell CountyMorton County, Stanton County and Stevens County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1873 and Liberal was selected as the county seat in 1886 when the county was organized. The county uses rented premises. The first courthouse was a two story structure designed by J M Smith and built in Liberal in 1892. The courthouse was demolished when the second and present courthouse was constructed in 1956 to 1957.

 

County Administration Building – Liberal  

 

 

Location:  545 North Washington Avenue / East 5th Street

Built:  2007 – 2008

Style:  Modern

Architect: Thompson Architects of Liberal

Contractor:  McBride Construction Inc. of Hugoton

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story buff colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Liberal. On the south side is a small one story portico at the entrance. On the west side is a one story wing. The roof line is flat. In the interior, are murals and the Commissioners Meeting Room is located on the second story. 

 

 

County Courthouse – Liberal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Administration Building – Liberal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2007 and 2022