Yates Center is said to be the only town in Kansas which was especially created to be a county seat. If you're looking for small town America that looks like a painting by Norman Rockwell, you'll find it here.
The Town Square and Woodson County Courthouse in Yates Center is a classical Midwestern county seat. Situated at the crossroads of U.S. Highways 75 and 54, the town was established in 1875. Today it is an important trade center for the area.
About 50 store buildings and other structures comprise the Yates Center Courthouse Square Historic District, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in May of 1986. The buildings date back to between 1883 and 1928. Most of the storefronts are one or two stories and constructed of sandstone and/or brick Italianate. These early commercial buildings are on all four sides of the Square, with the courthouse, surrounded by spacious lawns being the center focal point.