Bourbon County is named for the Bourbon County in Kentucky which was named in honor of the Bourbon dynasty of France.
Created: August 25, 1855
Fort Scott 1855 – present
County Courthouse – Fort Scott
Location: 210 South National Avenue / West 3rd Street
Built: 1929 – 1930
Style: Classical Revival
Architect: Cuthbert & Suehrk of Topeaka
Contractor: Thogmartin-Reid Construction Company
Description: The building faces east and is a three story brown colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The east front has three rectangular doorways with stone facing on the first story. Four columns rise from the second story to the top of the third story dividing the recessed windows. Above is a wide header. A projecting cornice runs along the roof line. On the north side is a one story annex which was originally constructed as the jail. in 1971.
Note: The previous courthouse was designed by J H Gardner and constructed by James Thomson in 1887 and was destroyed by fire in 1929.
N – Linn County
E – Vernon County, Missouri
S – Crawford County
W – Allen County
Photos taken 2009