Lafayette County Courthouse - Lexington, Missouri
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N 39° 11.122 W 093° 52.970
15S E 423753 N 4337718
Historic county courthouse in Lexington, Missouri.
Waymark Code: WMBJC2
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 05/25/2011
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
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"The Lafayette County Courthouse is a courthouse in Lexington, 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.

n 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.

The Courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places." - Wikipedia

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