Johnson County

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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

County Seat:

John Bradshaw home  1812 – 1814

Elvira                            1814 – 1818

Vienna                          1818 – present


County Courthouse – Vienna


Location:  117 North 5th Street / Main Street

Built:  1868 – 1870

Style:  Italianate

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.




N – Williamson County

E – Pope County

S – Massac County and Pulaski County 

W – Union County











Photos taken 2008