Jay County

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Jay County is named for John Jay, who was co-author of the Federalist Papers, Secretary of Foreign Affairs and first Chief Justice of the United States.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Wells County and Adams County

E – Mercer County, Ohio and Darke County, Ohio

S – Randolph County

W – Delaware County and Blackford County


Created:  February 7, 1835                                                        Map of Indiana highlighting Jay County

County Seat:

Portland  1836 – present


County Courthouse – Portland  


Location:  120 North Court Street / West Main Street

Built:  1915– 1917

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  McLaughlin & Hulsken of Lima, Ohio

Contractor:  Dawson Construction Company of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story buff colored stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Portland. The center of the south and north sections project from the main building and have stone framed entrances. Four columns rise from the second story to the top of the third story. There is horizontal stone on the first story. A projecting cornice runs below the roof line.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1870.




County Courthouse – Portland













Photos taken 2008