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Chase County Courthouse, Cottonwood Falls

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The Chase County Courthouse in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas was built in 1873 and is the oldest operating courthouse in Kansas.OverviewThe courthouse was constructed from local limestone, and the three story winding staircase was constructed from local walnut trees. The architectural style has been described as Second Empire or Italian Renaissance Revival and Italianate.The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. The architect was John G. Haskell who was among the architects of the Kansas State Capitol.Tours are available by appointment by contacting the Chase County Chamber of Commerce.
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  • very interesting historical landmark. It is a self guided tour, but employees of Court House are available for questions and conversations if they are not busy with work.  more »
  • This is a great piece of history, we went during Christmas time and it was all decorated. You can tour the building for free and self guided. We really enjoyed it.  more »
  • We went during a weekday in April so not much was going on. We didn't attempt going into the courthouse but really enjoyed its stately presence and unique architecture as we walked along Main Street. ...  more »
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  • We really enjoyed seeing this courthouse. We were headed between prairies in Oklahoma and Kansas on the Flint Hills scenic byway and saw this on the tourist info. We just walked in and wandered around the building and through the old jail upstairs. Our kids got to sit inside the tall oval window at the top. No one ever asked us what we were doing. There was another family going through when we were there. We felt free to respectfully roam through. The kids especially loved the jail and the cells in it. It was a very unique jail in my experience-walls and everything made out of metal or painted to look that way. The courthouse and stairwells truly were beautiful. I noticed a little vintage collection box and put in a few dollars to help preserve it, but no one asked us to and there is no charge to go through. If I ever came back to the area again I would definitely stop in and encourage others to make the stop. Check hours, though, as I believe it is closed on the weekends.
  • It's not worth a trip on its own, but if u r taking the scenic route to the Tallgrass Prairie this is worth a few minutes to see.

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