Appanoose County

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Appanoose County is named for the chief of the Sac and Fox Indian tribes who headed the peace party during the Black Hawk War, and the word means “a Chief when a child”.


Created:  January 13, 1843

County Seat:

Centerville  1846 – present


County Courthouse – Centerville


Location:  201 North 12th Street / West Jackson Street

Built:  1903 – 1904

Style:  Late 19th and 20th Century Revival and Romanesque

Architect:  Smith & Gage

Contractor:  W M Peatman


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff colored Bedford stone veneer structure. The south front has an octagonal stone tower on either side of the recessed entrance which is framed with stone. On the second story above the entrance is a large arched window. There is a third story dormer on the green colored title roof. On the roof center is a square stone clock tower with green colored peaked roof. During construction, the superintendent was G W Salisbury.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1848 at a cost of $160. In 1858, court was held in the Methodist and Presbyterian churches. The second courthouse was built by Cullen & Pearson in 1864 at a cost of $23,000.



N – Monroe County

E – Davis County

S – Schuyler County, Missouri and Putnam County, Missouri 

W – Wayne County























Photos taken 2008