Early History

Construction of the Wabaunsee County Courthouse, 1931

In 1931 Wabaunsee County constructed a new courthouse on the block bordered by 2nd Street, and 3rd Street, Iowa Street to Kansas Avenue in Alma, Kansas. The county had levied a one-mill property tax beginning in 1928 to raise the money for the courthouse construction. The building cost $148,357.57 to build, but no indebtedness was incurred in its construction.

Alma resident, Arthur Vobach worked on the construction project, and after work Vobach photographed the progress of the project. These 13 photographs follow the project from its beginning to conclusion.  These photos appear courtesy Jay Dee Miller.

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