Tippecanoe County

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Tippecanoe County is named after a Miami Indian word “Kethippecanoogi” which means “a place of the succor fish people”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – White County and Carroll County

E – Carroll County and Clinton County

S – Montgomery County

W – Fountain CountyWarren County and Benton County


Created:  January 20, 1826                                                        Map of Indiana highlighting Tippecanoe County

County Seat: 

Lafayette  1826 – present


County Courthouse – Lafayette 


Location:  301 Main Street / North 3rd Street

Built:  1882 – 1884

Style:  Victorian, Baroque, Gothic, Georgian, Beaux Arts and Second Empire

Architect:  Elias Max and James F Alexander

Contractor:  Farman & Pearce


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Lafayette. Each side has a portico with three stone framed entrances on the first story and four columns rising from the second story to the top of the third story and having a pediment above. On either sides of the porticos are projecting wings with columns rising from the second story to the top of the third story, and having steep roofs with dormers. On the center of the roof is a high round silver dome tapering to a small cupola with a statue of Justice,


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Tippecanoe County Courthouse


History:  The county seat was designated as Lafayette in 1826. The county rented premises and in 1829, the first courthouse was a two story brick structure. The second courthouse was a brick structure built in 1845 at a cost of $3,000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1881 to 1884 at a cost of $500,000.




County Courthouse – Lafayette






















Photos taken 2008