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Thursday, 05 May 2011 17:06

By Carolyn Lee

The Imperial Republican


The Chase County Courthouse is celebrating its 100th year this summer. Built of brick, asphalt and stone, the newest edition was built between 1910-12.

Previous courthouses and official structures had succumbed to fire. The “property-type, county citadel” structure, located at the present intersection of Broadway between 9th and 10 Streets, was built by Winters & Short of Atwood, Kans.

During a meeting held last week, county employees decided to celebrate the 100th birthday of the courthouse with pictures and stories.

During the Chase County Fair this summer, the courthouse will host an open house on a Thursday with refreshments.

In 1910 construction of the “new” Chase County Courthouse was begun. The previous frame courthouse was destroyed by fire that year. (Courtesy Photo)


Chase County Commissioner Jodi Thompson said “We’re looking for pictures of the early 1900s for a pictoral history from the Imperial, Lamar, Wauneta, Champion and Enders areas.”

She said a scrapbook would be made of the pictures and stories that people contribute. In addition, a special section will be published by this newspaper.

Pictures may be given to Chase County Clerk Deb Clark for copying. Thompson may be contacted at (308) 882-6394 for the relaying of stories.

“We’re trying to make a chronology of life at the courthouse, so we don’t lose it, and can carry it on for other people,” she explained.