Shelby County

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Shelby County is named for Isaac Shelby, who was a general in the American revolutionary War and the War of 1812, and who served as the first governor of Kentucky.


Created:  January 15, 1851

County Seat:

Shelbyville  1855 – 1859

Harlan         1859 – present


County Courthouse – Harlan


Location:  612 Court Street / 7th Street

Built:  1892 – 1893

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  Charles E Bell of Minneapolis, Minnesota

Contractor:   W H Cockerell


Description: The building faces south and is a two story buff stone structure. The south front has a projecting archway with recessed entrance on the first story. The east and west sections project from the building and have peaked roof lines. White colored stone trim runs below the central roof line with small dormer above. The dome was removed in 1899. The contractor was Larsen Brothers.


See:  The architect Charles E Bell of Minneapolis, Minnesota designed many courthouses.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1860 and the second courthouse was built at a cost of $4,250.  The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $62,734.



N – Crawford County

E – Audubon County

S – Cass County and Pottawattomie County

W – Harrison County














Photos taken 2008