Caldwell County

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Caldwell County is named for John Caldwell, who was the Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky in 1804.


Created:  January 31, 1809

County Seat: 

Princeton  1809 – present


County Courthouse – Princeton 


Location:  100 East Market Street / Jefferson Street

Built:  1940 – 1941

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Lawrence Casner of Madisonville

Contractor:  Works Projects Administration using local trades


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story gray stone structure. The south front has three large rectangular sections with the doorway in the center section. There are two large Art Deco lamp pillars on either side of the south steps. Above near the roof is a clock. The east and west wings are lower than the main center section. Projecting from the walls are the heads of several presidents of the United States. The building was a Works Projects Administration project.


Note:  The previous courthouse was constructed in 1865. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $178,997. The courthouse is similar to the courthouse in Webster County.


See:  The architect,  Lawrence Casner of Madisonville, designed the courthouses in Hopkins County and Webster County.



N – Crittenden County

E – Hopkins County and Christian County

S – Trigg County

W – Lyon County and Crittenden County















Photos taken 2007