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Wichita County

Wichita County is named after the confederacy of Caddoan Indians.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Wallace County and Logan County

E – Scott County

S – Kearney County

W – Greeley County

 

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

County Seat:

Leoti  1886 – present

 

County Courthouse – Leoti 

 

Location:  206 South 4th Street / L Street

Built:  1916 – 1917

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  William Earl Hulse & Company of Hutchison

Contractor:  William Foley

 

Description: The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Leoti. The building has a partially raised basement. The building has a projecting center section with a large portico on the supported by four large white colored columns. Behind are two large columns on either side of the entrance. The north side has an entrance flanked by two high columns. The red colored roof is hipped. In the interior, the County District Court courtroom is located on the south side of the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the 25th Judicial District. On the southeast side is the Public Library.

 

See: This courthouse is simpler to the courthouse in Wallace County as the architect and contractor were the same for both courthouses. Also, the courthouse in Pawnee County was designed and constructed by them.

 

See: The architect, William Earl Hulse & Company of Hutchison, designed courthouses in Barton County, Brown County, Kiowa County, Osage County, Pawnee County, Reno County and Wallace County.

 

See:  The 25th Judicial District includes Finney CountyGreeley CountyHamilton County, Kearney County and Scott County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1873 and Leoti was selected as the county seat in 1886 when the county was organized. The county officers met in the old Leoti Railway Depot. The old Santa Fe Railway Depot which is similar was later moved to 210 North 4th Street and then to the Museum. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1916 to 1917.

 

 

County Courthouse – Leoti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Library – Leoti

 

 

Old Santa Fe Railroad Depot – Leoti

 

 

Photos taken 2007 and 2022