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Trego County Courthouse


This historic 1889 limestone courthouse is still in operation today, which makes it one of the oldest still in use in Kansas. The exterior has experienced several changes throughout the years but it has currently been restored to closely resemble the original building. The interior has been updated but many of the historical features have been preserved.

Interesting Facts about the Trego County Courthouse:

  • Cornerstone laid in 1888 and building completed in 1889

  • Constructed from Trego County hard stone

  • Completed with Manhattan stone because they ran out of the original stone

  • Designed by George R. Ropes, a Topeka architect

  • Featured American Queen Anne style with Elizabethan frontage

  • Highest cupola reached 100 feet in the air

  • Original tin roof imported from Europe

  • 1951-52, repaired roof by removing original roof and replacing it with a flat roof to make it a “modern-looking” building

  • June 1974, several scenes from “Paper Moon” were filmed in the courthouse

  • 1982, citizens of Trego County explored the possibility of restoring the roof to its original design  but it was deemed too expensive

  • Then in 2012, peaked roof was restored minus the cupolas

  • Original capstone was located and donated back to the county and it is once again back in its rightful place

  • Historic Trego County Jail located in basement of courthouse

  • Built at the same time and used until 1976, when it was condemned after almost 90 years in service

  • Historic jail cells purchased from Pauly Jail Cells in St. Louis, MO, for $2570

  • Unique jail cells featured flat bars and an unusual locking system

  • Jail remains intact today and is used for storage

  • Many offices have come and gone from the courthouse over the past century

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216 N Main St.
WaKeeney, KS 67672


(785) 743-5785