Chase County Courthouse-closed to visitors (updated 7/30/2020)

Chase County Courthouse

300 Pearl St. Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845 620-273-8469 (tours) 620-273-6319 (business) Show Map | Return to top.
Photo of Chase County Courthouse

Hours: Self Guided tours available weekdays 8am-5pm (except government holidays). Tour brochures are available in the foyer of the courthouse and at the Chase County Chamber Office located at 318 Broadway.

Guided Group tours available (10+ people) by appointment, 12-4 pm. Monday – Friday and Saturdays (April – November) Call the Chase County Chamber at 620-273-8469 to schedule a tour.

The Chase County Courthouse is the oldest courthouse in the Midwest still in daily use. Completed in 1873, the Courthouse is built from native limestone that was quarried and hand-cut in the Flint Hills. The limestone blocks were then brought to the Courthouse by horse-drawn wagons; some stones weighed nearly seven tons. Over 140 years later, the Courthouse is unmatched in durability and design, and remains a living tribute to its builders and the Flint Hills pioneers.

Highlights include a three-story black walnut spiral staircase, a working courtroom with embossed tin ceiling, jury room and judge’s chamber, and the unique solidly built jail with steel door.

Courthouse Fun Facts:

  • Native limestone, used in the building, has been shipped to every state in the country where it may be found in scores of famous public structures, including the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. and the Topeka State House.
  • The Register of Deed’s office contains an unusual vault, circa 1910, that is two stories high with a glass brick ceiling.
  • The courthouse was placed on the National Historic Register in 1971 and greets over 6,000 visitors each year from every state and many countries.
  • The original construction cost in 1873 was $40,000.
  • Workers on the courthouse were paid well by the standards of the day. Stonemasons earned $3.50 per day, and other workers earned $1.75 to $2.25 a day.
  • Above the jail is a walk-in attic containing a large wooden plank cistern used to collect rain water from the tile roof.

 

TLC Marketing joins the Chamber!

TLC Marketing joins the Chamber!

The Chase County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome TLC Marketing Consultants to our membership! Using social, digital and traditional marketing assets, TLC Marketing Consultants develops platforms and strategies to connect business and customers – creatively and engagingly. Company services include social media management, digital advertising, website development, media buying, public relations, sponsorship negotiation,…

Open~Closed~Canceled

Open~Closed~Canceled

updated 7/7/2020 PLEASE CONTACT ANY BUSINESS OR PLACE YOU PLAN TO VISIT! Many places in Chase County have made changes to the way they do business due to COVID-19 Please contact the business or place you plan to visit to find out how this change concerns your visit! Most are open and welcome your business…

2020 River Suite Canceled

With deep consideration the board of directors of the Chase County Chamber of Commerce has canceled this event.

Support Local Businesses in this time of adversity!

Support Local Businesses in this time of adversity!

Please contact individual businesses for a variety of options for eating, groceries or other merchandise. Many businesses are busy behind the scenes filling the needs of our community. If you have a need or are able to offer help reach out to us, please. Above all, stay home!

Small town, big roles! Toni Schneider works for the community she loves

Small town, big roles! Toni Schneider works for the community she loves

By Brogan Gillmore During the hot spring days of late May, Chase County holds its annual rodeo, with bull riding, mutton busting, calf scrambles and plenty of beer. And in the thick of it all is Toni Schneider, director of the Chase County Chamber of Commerce, and arguably one of the most involved people in…

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