Harlan County

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Harlan County is named for Silas Harlan, who was a soldier in the Battle of Blue Licks, and who lived from 1753 to 1782.


Created:  January 28, 1819

County Seat: 

Harlan  1819 – present


County Courthouse – Harlan  


Location:  210 East Central Street / First Street

Built:  1918 – 1922

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  C C Weber and E A Weber

Contractor:  E G Holladay Company


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story brick, concrete and gray colored Indiana limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds and is faced with Indiana limestone. The north front has a high portico supported by four tall stone columns rising to the pediment at the roof. A stone balustrade runs along the roof line. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building was renovated in 2014 using prison labor.


Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by Moses W Howard and constructed in 1886.


County Judicial Center – Harlan  




Location:  129 First Street / Court Street

Built:  2003 – 2004

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Lyle & Associates

Contractor:  Codell Construction Company of Winchester


Description:  The building faces west and is a three story brick, concrete and glass structure. The first story has three large arches along the west front and four arches along the south side. Vertical pilasters divide the windows with a high two story windows on the second and third stories of the west front. The roof line is flat.  .



N – Leslie County, Perry County and Letcher County

E – Wise County, Virginia and Lee County, Virginia

S – Lee County, Virginia

W – Bell County and Leslie County





County Courthouse



















County Justice Center













Photos taken 2007 and 2014