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Rooks County Courthouse

Address: 115 N. Walnut
Stockton, KS 67669
Telephone Number: 785.425.6391


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Officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places near the end of 2000, the Rooks County Courthouse is a stately Neo-Classical Revival structure that dominates its surroundings.  Construction of the Bedford stone courthouse began in 1921 and was completed in 1923.

The cornerstone was laid in a grand ceremony on September 8, 1921.  In the cornerstone was placed a copy of each of Stockton's papers - the Review and the Record - plus several old coins, a copy of the by-laws of Newahcuba Lodge #189, a list of the Grand Officers who had charge over the ceremonies, a list of members of local lodges, a statement of the cost description, the date of letting of the contract, and the pen used to sign the contract. 
The courthouse cost over $300,000 to build. The builder was Cuthbert & Sons, and the architect was F.C. Squires from Topeka.  The beautiful marble located throughout the courthouse was imported by Lautz Marble Company, and the decorating was done by William Andrews Company of Chicago.  The courtroom features beautiful white polished marble.  The corridor floors are original ceramic tile.  The doors and casings are all solid original oak.  There are several original vaults throughout the courthouse with ornate door casings.

In 1974, an elevator and fire escape were added to the south side of the building using identical materials to the original.  In 1994, a veteran's memorial was dedicated outside of the northeast corner of the courthouse.
The Rooks County Courthouse is generally open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

contact info
Roger Hrabe, Director of Rooks County Economic Development
115 N. Walnut
Stockton, KS 67669
Phone: 785.425.6881
Fax: 785.425.6881
Chamber of Commerce
410 Main St.
Stockton, KS 67669
Phone: 785.415-2081
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