Friday, April 03, 2020

KANSAS GOVERNOR LAURA KELLY'S EXECUTVE ORDER 20-16  Statewide "stay home" order unless performing an essential activity (read the order for details)

MARION COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE:  1st Confirmed Positive Case in Marion County

Information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Marion County Health Department.


PUBLIC ATTENDANCE OF COUNTY COMMISSION MEETINGS BY TELECOMMUNICATION ONLY.  Pursuant to KS Governor Order 20-16, in-person attendance at the County Commission meetings will not be allowed at this time.  We encourage attendance by telecommunication which also allows public interaction.
To join the County Commission meetings from your computer, tablet or smartphone, go to or by phone dial 1-866-899-4679.  The access code is 639-484-901#.

Please contact individual County offices directly for any questions or assistance.

The History of Marion County and Courthouse

The County of Marion was established in 1855.  It was named in honor of American Revolutionary War hero, Francis Marion of South Carolina.  Marion Centre was chosen as the county seat in the August 1865 election.

The original boundaries of the County were divided into three townships, Marion, Cedar and Santa Fe.  The original western boundary of Marion County reached the Kansas-Colorado border. The present boundary lines were finally decided upon in 1872 and contain twenty-four townships.  Marion County encompasses a total of 954 square miles.

The first two-story courthouse of stone was built in 1867.  The upper floor was used for county court purposes and the first story was used for a school.  A high wall making it a place of refuge and defense in the event of an Indian attack surrounded it.  It was never needed for that purpose.

An addition was completed in 1879 and part of the original structure was remodeled in 1881.  The present three-story native limestone structure was completed in 1907 and remains in full use.