Jasper County

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Jasper

Jasper County is named for William Jasper, who was a famous scout for the Continentals during the American Revolutionary War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Cumberland County and Clark County

E – Crawford County

S – Richland County and Clay County

W – Clay County and Effingham County

 

Created:  February 15, 1831                                                      Map of Illinois highlighting Jasper County

County Seat:

Newton  1835 – present

 

County Courthouse – Newton

 

Location:  100 West Jourdon Street / North Van Buren Street

Built:  1877 – 1878

Style:  Georgian Revival

Architect:  J I Grange and Charles Eppinghowser.

Contractor:  J I Grange and Charles Eppinghowser.

 

Description: The building faces north and is a two story dark red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Newton. The north side has a one story porch supported by ten thin columns. The entrance is recessed. On the second story, the east and west sections are recessed with arched windows. The roof line is flat. The foundation is course stone. The building was remodeled in 1963 and the exterior was changed.

 

History:  Newton was named as the county seat in 1835. The first courthouse was a log structure erected in 1835 to 1836. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure built by Benjamin Harris in 1839 to 1841 at a cost of $2,875. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1877 to 1878 ay\t a cost of $34,165.

  

County Administration – Newton

 

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Location:  204 W Washington Street / S Lafayette Street

Built:  1969 – 1970

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description: The building faces north and is a one story dark red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Newton to the southwest of the courthouse. The building was formerly the First National Bank and was acquired by the county in 2002.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Newton

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2012