Friday, December 13, 2019

A Brief History of Thomas County, Kansas and the Thomas County Courthouse


County Organized: October 8, 1885
Named After: General George Hentry Thomas, hero of the Battle of Chickamauga (Relatives of General Thomas were in Thomas County when the cornerstone box was opened on October 8th, 1985)
Townships: Named after the soldiers that died at the Battle of Chickamauga
Square Miles: Thomas County is 30x36 miles, making it 1,080 square miles
Education: Colby Community College - Started in 1963 by special Legislation.

3 Public Schools: Colby, Brewster, and Rexford.

Sacred Heart Catholic School, Heartland Christian School in Colby, and numerous home schooled families.

Citizens Medical Center built by donations and opened in 1982

Family Center for Health Care Clinic

Numerous chiropractors and dentists

Several physical therapy locations

2 Nursing Homes (Colby Health & Rehab / Prairie Senior)

Assisted Living (Fairview)

Thomas County Courthouse: Built in 1906 with a $50,000 bond issue after the Commissioners "traveled" to Osborne County, Kansas to view the courthouse there. The courthouse is Romanesque style with lots of detailing in the limestone - note the front steps and sides. J.C. Holland was the architect; he designed the courthouses for Clay, Geary, Marion, Mitchell, Ness, Osborne, Rice, Riley, and Thomas counties.
National Historical Society: Placed there in 1976 by the County Commissioners and Historical Society
Problems: Kansas State Historical Society
Bell Tower & Clock: The clock was added a couple of years after the courthouse was completed, for a cost of $1,200, electrified in November of 1975 by Mr. Elton Lewis Howe of Washington, D.C.