WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The original historic courthouse bell will soon be taken out of storage and placed in the main lobby of the current courthouse.
According to Sedgwick County Director of Facilities Andrew Dilts, the tower that supported the bell outside the courthouse was showing signs of deterioration and was deemed structurally unsafe. The bell was removed.
On Wednesday, commissioners voted to create a new permanent place for the bell.
The bell will be in the lobby, and a platform for the bell will be constructed for all visitors to see and touch. A plaque message on the tower will be moved to a tiered wall inside, which will be lowered to provide better visibility.
The total cost of the project is $53,000, with capital improvement program contingency funds being utilized.
The 5,000-pound bell from 1890 used to be located in the clock tower atop the old Sedgwick County Courthouse and was located just outside the current courthouse before being taken down.