Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Marion County Strategy - Individual responsibility 5/27/2020 Memo and flyer.

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

County offices are open with some restrictions.  Public access is limited to the South entrance.  Health/travel screening questions will be required prior to admittance.  Wearing a mask is highly encouraged during any face to face meeting, along with proper social distancing.  Driver's License services will not be offered at this time.  The Department on Aging and the Planning & Zoning Office are open by appointment only.  In person attendance at the County Commission meetings will not be allowed at this time. 
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to safely transition back to full public access over time.  The safety of our citizens and employees is of paramount importance.  County staff is available to answer your questions by phone or email.  Please don't hesitate to contact us. 

Treasurer:  620.382.2180
Vehicle Dept:
County Clerk:  620.382.2185
Register of Deeds:  620.382.2151
County Attorney:  620.382.2243
District Court:  620.382.2104
Appraiser:  620.382.3715
Mapping:  620.382.3778
Road & Bridge:  620.382.3761

PUBLIC ATTENDANCE OF COUNTY COMMISSION MEETINGS BY TELECOMMUNICATION ONLY.  In-person attendance at the County Commission meetings is not allowed at this time due to mass gathering restrictions.  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.