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Address: Pearl and Broadway, Cottonwood Falls, KS
Phone Number:
+1 620-273-8469

The oldest operating courthouse west of the Mississippi River is listed on...

The oldest operating courthouse west of the Mississippi River is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Gorgeous Old Courthhouse

Not sure if you can tour the inside or if it's used as an actual courthouse any longer (maybe county offices?), but it's a gorgeous building done by George Washburn and one of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 August 2016
Kansas City
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Kansas City
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Not sure if you can tour the inside or if it's used as an actual courthouse any longer (maybe county offices?), but it's a gorgeous building done by George Washburn and one of the iconic buildings in the Flint Hills.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We were simply on our way back from a lake trip and stumbled across this majestic surprise. The grounds the signs, the storyboards, and the courthouse itself were all delights!

Thank Mark W
Lindsborg, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

If you are interested in historic sites, you don't want to miss this one. Beautiful renovated limestone courthouse with loads of character. The staircase is absolutely gorgeous. You feel transported in time as you climb to the upper level to visit the jail. The window on the 3rd floor seems to look out over the whole community.

Thank gayngar
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

I would go back to Cottonwood Falls just to walk up its main street. It's a handsome mix of fantastic mid-century and nineteenth century architecture with a lot of small bespoke businesses and a really good opportunity shop. People are friendly, there's some great old cars, and the brickwork in the beautiful wide main street is so well done. It's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

In the state of Kansas on business and decided to stop by the small town of Cottonwood Springs to take in the sights. Beautiful courthouse with original architecture and still in use. I highly recommend stopping and taking in this beautiful structure!

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Thayer, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

If you get the chance, check ut the jail on the top floor-not a nice place to have to spend time. The woodwork, banisters, rails and trim are beautiful, the view out the front window overlooking the town is a great photo op.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

the oldest courthouse in play west of the mississippi. Clean, close to the center of the city and a nice diversion.

Thank JimOB1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

Lots of history to be found in this old stone building. Take the time to explore. Up the amazing staircase. See the Court room imagine all the justice served from the bench. Spend some time in the old stone jail. Iron and stone makes it hard to escape. Go to the top floor and look out the round window down... More 

Thank Doug E
Wichita, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

While on an outing with the senior group, after lunch we visited the Chase County Courthouse, the outside is beautiful. The wood was beautiful, the winding staircase was wonderful to look at, as I stood on the third floor and looked down. We looked out the round window on the third floor to have a better view. Our guide ushered... More 

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Strong City, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

Early settlers of Kansas had to settle in primitive branch set up of townships, cottonwood falls is one of such. The Chase County Courthouse is a living reminder of a past day that exits today.

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