Pike County

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Pike County is named for Zebulon M. Pike, who was the discoverer of Pikes Peak, and who lived from 1779 to 1813.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Knox County and Daviess County

E – Dubois County

S – Warrick County

W – Gibson County

 

Created:  December 21, 1816                                                    Map of Indiana highlighting Pike County

County Seat: 

Petersburg  1817 – present

 

County Courthouse – Petersburg  

 

Location:  801 East Main Street / South 9th Street

Built:  1920 – 1922

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Elmer E Dunlap of Indianapolis

Contractor:  Jasper N Good of Columbus

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story square yellow colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Petersburg. The first story is horizontal lines of yellow colored brick with a concrete band running horizontally. A wide cornice runs below the roof line of the flat roof. Like the courthouse in general, the circuit court located on the third story is relatively unadorned. Plaster pilasters, in truth structural piers, line the walls; they are decorated with small wood plaques painted gold. The floor is covered with blue carpet. The original oak judge’s bench is against the south wall; behind it is a narrow corridor leading from office corridor. The original oak witness bench is located in front of the judge, and to his left. An original Mission-style oak railing with turned balusters divides the courtroom. 

 

See:  The architect, Elmer E Dunlap of Indianapolis also designed courthouses in Carroll CountyFranklin County, Jackson County and Spencer County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Pike County Courthouse

 

History:  The county was created in 1816 and Petersburg was selected as the county seat in 1817. The first courthouse was a two story log structure built by Thomas C Stewart in 1818 at a cost of $599. The second courthouse was a two story structure built by George H Proffit and Charles F White in 1836 The third courthouse was constructed by Robert Hawthorne and William Hawthorne in 1868 at a cost of $33,265. The courthouse was destroyed by fire. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed 1n 1920 to 1922 at a cost of $236,000.

 

  

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County Courthouse – Petrersburg

 

 

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Photos taken 2008