Johnson County is named for Richard M Johnson, who fought in the Indian Wars and the War of 1812 and was late Vice President of the United States from 1837 to 1841.
Created: September 14, 1812
John Bradshaw home 1812 – 1814
Elvira 1814 – 1818
Vienna 1818 – present
County Courthouse – Vienna
Location: 117 North 5th Street / Main Street
Built: 1868 – 1870
Architect: Joseph Frick
Contractor: Joseph Frick and later, Luellen Niles Wickwire of Cairo
Description: The building faces south and is a two story square red colored brick structure. The south entrance has an arched doorway. The windows have stone trim around the tops. The center upper east windows have a small pediment at the roof line. On the center of the roof is a white wood octagonal cupola with clock and windows and small square cupola at the top.
Note: The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $40,800. Before the actual beginning of the new courthouse, Joseph Frick sold the contract to the partnership of Charles I Ham and Isaac N Pearce. Ham was not a local person but Pearce was. A.J Kuykendall, Frick’s attorney, was also involved in the partnership of Ham and Pearce. None of these gentlemen were the actual builders – that fell to Mr. L N Wickwire of Cairo to complete the courthouse.
E – Pope County
W – Union County
Photos taken 2008