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Pawnee County

Pawnee County is named for the Skidi Pawnee Native American people.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Osage County

E – Osage County

S – Tulsa CountyCreek County and Payne County

W – Payne County and Noble County


Created:  November 6, 1893                  Map of Oklahoma highlighting Pawnee County

County Seat:

Pawnee  1897 – present


County Courthouse – Pawnee 


Location:  500 Harrison Street / 5th Street

Built:  1932 – 1933

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Smith and Senter

Contractor:  Manhattan Construction Company


Description: The building faces south and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Pawnee. The south front of the building has decorative stone above the central entrance and between the windows. Four bas-relief carved panels, two on either side of the front entrance, depict scenes of Indians and pioneers and their appropriate accoutrements. Four more similarly-carved panels ornament the rear facade of the building. The doorways are faced with wide, smooth stone posts and lintels. Above each lintel is an elaborately carved pedimental frontpiece depicting a unique combination of a cow’s skull, an owl, an eagle, and an open book. The cornice of the building is inscribed with the words, “Pawnee County Courthouse.” It is also decorated with carved stone Indian heads wearing feathered warbonnets. The foundation is concrete and the roof line is flat. The base of the building is concrete. In the interior, the County District Court courtroom is located on the north side of the third story. The building houses the County District Court of the 14th Judicial District. 


See: The contractor, Manhattan Construction Company, constructed courthouses in Oklahoma in Bryan County, Craig CountyCreek County, Garvin County, Logan County, Muskogee County, Noble County, Oklahoma County and Tulsa County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Pawee County Courthouse


See:  The 14th Judicial District includes Tulsa County.


History:  The county was created in 1893 and Pawnee was selected as the county seat in 1897. The first courthouse was a two story structure built by Charles E Vandervoort in 1895. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1932 to 1933.


County Courthouse – Pawnee











County District Court courtroom



Photos taken 2010