Clay County is named for Henry Clay, who was an American statesman, U.S. Senator and Congressman from Kentucky 1806-1852, U.S. Secretary of State 1825-1829, three times Speaker of the House and three times candidate for president.
Created: February 12, 1825
Bowling Green 1825 – 1877
Brazil 1877 – present
County Courthouse – Brazil
Location: 609 East National Avenue / South Alabama Street
Built: 1912 – 1914
Architect: John W Gaddis of Vincennes
Contractor: Baily & Koerner of Louisville, Kentucky
Description: The building faces north and is a three story gray colored stone structure. The north front has a large portico supported by four large columns rising to a wide pediment containing a clock. On the center of the roof is an octagonal dome with round green colored roof.
Note: The first courthouse was built in Bowling Green in 1828 and the second courthouse was built in 1851. The previous courthouse was constructed by Noah T Keasy, John G Ackelmire and John Andrew in 1876 in Brazil.
County Justice Center – Brazil
Location: 611 East Jackson Street / South Alabama Street
Built: 2004 – 2006
Contractor: Hanning Construction Inc.
Description: The building faces north and is a one story buff colored concrete structure. The north front has projecting central entrance with four large pillars with short columns supporting a curved roof on the center of the building.
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Photos taken 2008