Ballard County

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Ballard County is named for Bland Ballard, who was a soldier in the Battle of Fallen Timbers and Battle of River Raisin, and who lived from 1761 to 1853.

 

Created:  February 15, 1842

County Seat: 

Blandville  1842 – 1882

Wickliffe    1882 – present

 

County Courthouse – Wickliffe

                       

Location:  132 North 4th Street / Court Street

Built:  1903 – 1905

Style:  Colonial  and Beaux Arts

Architect:  Jerome Bibb Legg of St. Louis, Missouri

Contractor:  Samuel H Jenkins

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The west front has a portico supported by four white colored columns with a balcony at the second story. At the roof is the pediment unsupported. The building has a stone base. The corners of the building have stone trim. On the roof center is a large white colored octagonal cupola with clock. The courtrooms are located on the second story. The building was renovated from 1994 to 1996. The architect was CMW Inc. of Lexington.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in Blandville in 1844 at a cost of $6,000. The courthouse was destroyed by fire on February 17, 1880. When the county seat was moved to Wickliffe in 1882, the City Hall housed the court until the second courthouse was completed in 1905 at a cost of $25,000.

 

See:  The present courthouse is modeled after the courthouse in  Mississippi County, Missouri, which was also designed by Jerome Bibb Legg and which was destroyed by fire in 1997.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Pulaski County, Illinois

E – McCracken County

S – Carlisle County

W – Mississippi County, Missouri, Alexander County, Illinois and Pulaski County, Illinois

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2007, 2012 and 2018