McCracken County

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McCracken County is named for Virgil McCracken, who was a military captain killed at the Battle of River Raisin.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Massac County, Illinois

E – Livingston County and Marshall County

S – Graves County

W – Ballard County

 

Created:  December 17, 1824                Map of Kentucky highlighting McCracken County

County Seat: 

Wilmington  1825 – 1832

Paducah     1832 – present

 

County Courthouse – Paducah

 

Location:  301 South 6th Street / Washington Street

Built:  1940 – 1943

Style:  Colonial Revival

Architect:  S Lester Daly

Contractor:  Ray Black & Son

 

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 Paducah. The west front has a large portico supported by four large columns rising to the pediment at the roof with clock in the center. The entrance is framed with light colored stone trim. The building extends north and south from the central section. On the center of the roof is an octagonal cupola with glass windows and a green colored dome. The building was a Works Projects Administration project. The roof line is flat. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. An addition was constructed on the east side in 1996 to 1997. The architect was Peck Flannery Gream Warren Inc. and the contractor was B H Gereu & Son Inc. On Washington Street is a one story buff colored brick County Courthouse Annex.

 

History:  Wilmington was named as the county seat in 1825 and the first courthouse was erected in 1829. The county seat was moved to Paducah in 1832. The second courthouse was a square brick structure was built at Second Street and Broadway in 1832. The third courthouse was designed by Stanciff and Vodges and constructed by John F Hendren in 1857. The building was demolished. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1940 to 1943 at a cost of $344,919.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Paducah

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2012