Marshall County

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Marshall County is named for John Marshall, who was the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme court from 1801 to 1835.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Livingston County

E – Lyon County and Trigg County

S – Calloway County

W – Graves County and McCracken County


Created:  February 12, 1842                  Map of Kentucky highlighting Marshall County

County Seat: 

Benton  1842 – present


County Courthouse –  Benton  


Location:  1101 Main Street / 11th Street

Built:  1915 – 1916

Style:  Beaux Arts and Neo-Classical

Architect:  Clifford Shopbell of Evansville, Indiana

Contractor:  W H Spradling and William Hill of Fulton


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Benton. The west front has a protruding section with the entrance on the first story. Above the entrance is a small balcony and above that, a large window on the second story. White colored horizontal trim runs around the building and a further white colored trim cornice runs along the roof line. In 1961, an addition was added on the north side. In 1978, a further addition was added. The architect was LPS Architects and the contractor was Hal Perry Construction Company Inc.


County Judicial Facility –  Benton  




Location:  80 Judicial Drive / Postal Drive

Built:  2002 – 2003

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Castleberry, McGregor Architects

Contractor:  Codell Construction Company of Winchester


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the north of the center of Benton. The south front has a high center section with sloped roof and glass panels around the entrance. The second story is recessed, The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Circuit Court and County District Court of the 42nd Judicial District.


See:  The contractor was Codell Construction Company of Winchester which company constructed many courthouse in Kentucky ( see  Louisville ).


See:  The 42nd Judicial Circuit includes Calloway County and Marshall County.


History:  Benton was named as the county seat in 1842. The first courthouse was a log structure built by Francis Clayton in 1843 to 1844. The second courthouse was built in 1847 and was destroyed by fire in 1888. The third courthouse was designed by John McKinnon and constructed by M Lewman & Company in 1888. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1914. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1915 at a cost of $24,000.  The cost of the 1961 addition was $125,000. The County Judicial Facility was constructed in 2002 to 2003 at a cost of $8,005,000.




County Courthouse – Benton



















County Judicial Facility – Benton







Photos taken 2007 and 2012