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Stevens County

Stevens County is named for Thaddeus Stevens ( 1792-1868 ), a United States senator from Pennsylvania, who was a passionate advocate of Radical republicanism.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Grant County

E – Seward County

S – Texas County, Oklahoma

W – Morton County

 

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

County Seat: 

Hugoton  1886 – present

 

County Courthouse – Hugoton 

 

Location:  200 East 6th Street / Monroe Street

Built:  1950 – 1952

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Mann & Company of Hutchinson and David O Thompson Associates

Contractor:  Creathbaum Brothers Construction Company of Liberal

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story stone, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Hugoton. The south front front has a large window above the entrance. The building has a number of square walls, protrusions and walls rising above the structure. The entrance on the south side has a large glass section rising above the doorway. The east section has horizontal windows. The roof line is flat. In the interior, there is a large assembly room on the north side of the first story. The County District Court courtroom is located on the north side of the second story and has wood panellng. The building houses the County District Court of the 26th Judicial District. 

 

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

 

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

 

History:  The county was created in 1873 and Hugoton was selected as the county seat in 1886 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was built in 1888 in Hugoton. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1956 to 1957.

 

 

County Courthouse – Hugoton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wall plaque – architect and contractor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Courthouse 1888

Photos taken 2007, 2016 and 2022