Owsley County

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Owsley County is named for William Owsley, who was the Governor of Kentucky from 1844 to 1848.


Created:  January 23, 1843

County Seat: 

Booneville  1843 – present


County Courthouse – Booneville  


Location:  1 Main Street / Mulberry Street

Built:  1972 – 1973

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Donald B Shelton

Contractor:  Hibitts Construction Company of London


Description:  The building faces west and is a one story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building has a flat roof and the roof extends out from the building with a wide white colored cornice. The building is tiered from the west to east side with the main entrance on the west side. An addition was added in 1984. The architect was Clotfelter & Associates and the contractor was Unico Construction Company.


Note:  The previous courthouse was constructed in 1888 and was destroyed by fire in 1929. Another courthouse was constructed in 1931 and was destroyed by fire in 1967.



N – Lee County

E – Breathitt County

S – Clay County

W – Jackson County














Photos taken 2007