Adams County

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Adams County is named for John Adams, who was the second President of the United States of America, or for John Quincy Adams, who was the sixth President of the United States of America.


Created:  January 15, 1851

County Seat:

Quincy   1853 – 1872

Corning  1872 – present


County Courthouse – Corning


Location:  901 Davis Avenue / 9th Street

Built:  1955

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Thomas W Williamson and Victor Loebsack and Associates

Contractor:  M W Watson


Description: The building faces south and is a three story concrete and glass structure.  The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. There is a small portico at the south entrance with a large window above. Vertical concrete dividers separate the windows. The roof line is flat.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in Quincy in 1854. The second courthouse was built in Corning in 1873 and burned on February 1, 1888. The third courthouse was built at a cost of $28,183 in 1888. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $218,635.



N – Cass County and Adair County

E – Union County

S – Taylor County

W – Montgomery County





County Courthouse













Photos taken 2008