Ford County

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Ford County is named for Thomas Ford, who was the eight Governor of Illinois and who served during the Illinois Mormon War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Livingston County and Kankakee County

E – Iroquois County and Vermillion County

S – Champaign County

W – McLean County and Livingston County


Created:  February 17, 1859                                                      Map of Illinois highlighting Ford County

County Seat:

Paxton  1859 – present


County Courthouse – Paxton


Location:  200 West State Street  / North Taft Street

Built:  1905 – 1906

Style:  Second Empire

Architect:  Joseph W Royer

Contractor:  Jahr & Cope


Description: The building faces south and is a two story brown colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Paxton. The building has stone trim at the corners and around the windows. On the center of the roof is a round black dome. The building contains many murals painted during the 1930’s under the Works Progress Administration. On the west side is the Old Sheriff Residence and Jail.




See:  The architect, Joseph W Royer designed countyhouses in Clay CountyChampaign CountyDouglas County, Grundy CountyMarion CountyPiatt County and Richland County.


History:  The county was created in 1859 and Paxton was selected as the county seat. The county met in churches until the first courthouse was a two story brick structure built by James F Hall in 1861 to 1862 at a cost of $16,000. The courthouse was enlarged in 1876 by William Daniels. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1905 to 1906.




County Courthouse – Paxton
















Old Sheriff Residence and Jail – Paxton




Photos taken 2010