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Chase County Courthouse

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Address: Pearl and Broadway, Cottonwood Falls, KS
Phone Number: 620-273-8469
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The oldest operating courthouse west of the Mississippi River is...

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

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A Beautiful Old Limestone Courthouse Filled with HIstory

We've visited the Chase County Courthouse several times when touring the scenic Kansas Flint Hills. The staircase itself is worth the visit. I loved the photos of the Chase... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've visited the Chase County Courthouse several times when touring the scenic Kansas Flint Hills. The staircase itself is worth the visit. I loved the photos of the Chase County towns in the early days. A must-see is the old jail with notes left by former prisoners. To top it off, make sure your take a look down Broadway from... More 

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Kansas City, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We visited the Chase County Courthouse the second day we were in Chase County. We were told we would be able to go into the courthouse. We met one of the employees who gave us some history. Entering the courthouse was stunning. The inside was a magnificent piece of architecture. There was a jail also at the courthouse you can... More 

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Herington, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

I use to go there (as a kid) in the afternoon during strong city's rodeo days on the 1st weekend in June and kill time till evening Saturday performance. Cottonwood be where the Rodeo parade would start and go all the way to Strong City. It's one of the historical landmark to visit while your at the parade either before... More 

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Horseheads, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Lovely building and really interesting jail and old photos. Happened to run into someone from the Chamber of Commerce who gave a brief little tour. Very nice.

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Mission Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We visited here from CA by driving and it was a truly amazing experience! Nothing like it! Our roots run deep from cedar point KS, very close to the courthouse!. Lots of stairs so for the elders it might be tough!

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

This building, built ten years after the end of the civil war is amazing! It is masterfully restored and maintained. The craftsmanship displayed in the circular stairway is without equal. Be sure to tour the old jail cells. They were not meant to be country clubs then ,as they are now! You will be glad you spent 30 minutes here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Well worth the trip to get there. Brick streets (bumpy but good) a lot of 1800's architecture. Beautiful courthouse, as in the picture. Nice restaurants, nice historical things to see, like the first jail in Cottonwood Falls, made out of limestone.

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

My family and I took a Daytrip to see the sights of this part of our great state, and arranged for a tour of the legendary Chase County Courthouse. The older lady that took us through the building was very knowledgeable and made it so very interesting! She was funny and animated. The courtroom was beautiful and we took pics... More 

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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Guided tours of the courthouse (still in active use today) are available. We took the tour which explained the history of the building and also showed us the (now unused) lock-up behind the courtroom. It was an hour well spent.

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I arrived in Cottonwood Falls on Saturday around 2:30 in the afternoon. When checking in to my room, I said that I came to Cottonwood Falls to see the courthouse. I was directed to the Chase CO Chamber of Commerce. I headed there and was greeted by a nice young lady. A guided tour is four dollars. A real bargain.... More 

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