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Stafford County

Stafford County is named for Lewis Stafford, who was a Captain in the First Kansas Infantry and who was killed at Young’s Point, Louisiana on July 31, 1863.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Barton County

E – Rice County and Reno County

S – Pratt County

W – Edwards County and Pawnee County


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

County Seat:

Saint John  1880 – present


County Courthouse – Saint John  


Location:  209 North Broadway Street / East 3rd Street

Built:  1928 – 1929

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  A R Mann & Company of Hutchinson

Contractor:  W G Colglazsier, C A Jordan, R H Benford, E S Nightwine and J H Tudor


Description: The building faces northwest and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the cennter of Saint John. The front section has three rectangular sections with the doorway in the center section. The top header has three small windows. Wings extend to the east and the south. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the County Distrist Court courtroom is located on the east side of the third story.  The building houses the County District Court of the 27th Judicial District. The building was a Works Projects Administration project.


Note:  On December 16, 1927W G Colglazier, C A Jordan, R H Benford, E S Nightwine and J H Tudor signed a contract to demolish the second courthouse and construct the present courthouse. While it was being built the county offices were located in the Delker Building.


See:  The architect,  Mann & Company of Hutchinson, designed courthouses in Ellis County, Ellsworth County, Graham CountyLane County, Pratt County, Republic County, Scott County and Stevens County.


See:  The 20th Judicial District includes Barton CountyEllsworth CountyRussell County.


History:  The county was created in 1867 and Saint John was selected as the county seat in 1880 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was erected in 1880 in Saint John. The second courthouse was a two story red colored brick and native stone structure built in 1886 to 1887. The third and present courthouse.was constructed in 1928 to 1929.



County Courthouse – Saint John













County District Court courtroom







Commissioner Minutes 1927





Courthouse Annex – Saint John



Photos taken 2010 and 2016