Lawrence County is named for James Lawrence, who uttered the famous words “Don’t give up the ship” after being mortally wounded during the War of 1812.
Created: March 1, 1818
Palestine 1818 – 1825
Bedford 1825 – present
County Courthouse – Bedford
Location: 916 15th Street / I Street
Architect: Walter Scholar
Contractor: A E Kemmer
Description: The building faces east and is a three story light brown colored stucco and brick structure. The east and west wings are lower and extend from the main building. The center section projects and has an arched entrance on the first story rising to a balustrade across the top of the roof.
Note: The previous courthouse was constructed by Thomas N Stevens in 1870. When the building was razed, medallions were made from the limestone. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $390,000.
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Photos taken 2008