Clinton County

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Clinton County is named for DeWitt Clinton, who was a Governor of New York and an advocate for the construction of the Erie Canal.


Created:  December 21, 1837

County Seat:

Camache                    1840

Vanderburg ( DeWitt ) 1840 – 1869

Clinton                         1869 – present


County Courthouse – Clinton


Location:  612 North 2nd Street / 7th Avenue North

Built:  1896 – 1897

Style:   Romanesque

Architect:  G S Mansfield

Contractor:  G S La Veille and C A Moses


Description: The building faces east and is a three story red colored sandstone and granite structure. The building has a portico having three stone arches on the first story and four columns on the second story supporting a flat stone roof. On the west side is an enclosed portico of granite with wide arch and balcony on the second story. At each corner of the building is a round tower with conical roof. On the center of the roof is a large square copper clock tower.


Note:  The court operated from hotels in Camache. The first courthouse was a donated building in 1842 in Vanderburg ( Dewitt ). A second courthouse was built in 1854 at a cost of $6,000. In 1869, a courthouse was built in Clinton. The present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $168,000.



N – Jackson County

E – Carroll County, Illinois, Whiteside County, Illinois and Rock Island County, Illinois

S – Scott County

W – Cedar County and Jones County
















Photos taken 2008