Lafayette County Courthouse (Missouri)
Lafayette County Courthouse
Cannon ball from the 1861 Battle of Lexington lodged in the upper left column of the Lafayette County Courthouse
|Location||Public Sq., Lexington, Missouri|
|Area||9.9 acres (4.0 ha)|
|Architectural style||Classical Revival|
|NRHP reference #||70000339|
|Added to NRHP||September 22, 1970|
The Lafayette County Courthouse is a historic courthouse located at Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri. It was built in 1847 and is the oldest courthouse in continuous use west of the Mississippi River. It is known far and wide for the cannonball embedded in the upper left column, a remnant of the Civil War Battle of Lexington I, fought on September 18, 19 and 20, 1861.
In 1847, County Judges Thomas Gordon, Nathaniel Price, and Joseph W. Hall determined that a new Courthouse was needed to serve Lafayette County, Missouri. The judges chose a site on the new Main Street in Lexington, an approved plans for a magnificent structure of the Classic Greek Revival design. Silas Silver, John Catron, Robert Aull, and Henderson Young served as project and contract overseers, and William Dougherty was the architect. On April 1, 1847, the plans were accepted and $12,000 was set aside for building the new structure. The final construction costs were $14,382.46. The old courthouse in "Old Town" Lexington was sold for $1,500 and the old jail was sold for $51.00. This left the total expenditure for the new building at $12,831.46.
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- H. Roger Grant (June 1970). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Lafayette County Courthouse" (PDF). Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2017-01-01. (includes 7 photographs from 1968)
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