DeSoto County

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DeSoto County is named for Hernando de Soto, who was a Spanish explorer who discovered and named the Mississippi River.

 

Created:  February 9, 1836

County Seat: 

Hernando  1836 – present

 

County Courthouse – Hernando 

 

 

Location:  2535 Old Highway 51 / West Losher Street

Built:  1940 – 1941

Style:  Colonial Revival

Architect:  Robert William Naef

Contractor:  M T Reed Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Hernando. The east front has a large portico with six columns rising to a wide pediment at the roof line. The north and south wings project from the main building and have peaked roofs. On the center of the building is a square white colored cupola with small dome at the top. The roof is hipped. The interior rotunda has murals. The courtroom is located on the west side of the rotunda on the second story. During construction,  Fred B Johnston was the supervisor. An addition was constructed in 1985. The architect was Brewer Godbold Hansen and Dickson and the contractor was Sharp Construction Company, Inc.

                         

Note:  The seven murals in the courthouse depict scenes of DeSoto and other early explorers of the area and were painted for the historic Gayoso Hotel in Memphis. They were donated to the county in 1952 by the Goldsmiths department store chain.

 

Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by Felix LaBauve and Jones & Baldwin and constructed in 1872. The building was destroyed by fire in 1940.

 

County Administration – Hernando

 

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Location:  365 West Losher Street / Caffey Street

Built:  1998 – 2000

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Allen & Hoshall Ltd.

Contractor:  Panola Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a three story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on the southwest side of the courthouse in the center of Hernando. The northeast corner has a large round tower with round windows on the third story, flat roof and interior rotunda. In front of the building is a small plaza with fountain. The building has an north wing and an east wing which join at the round tower. The roof line is flat.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Shelby County, Tennessee

E – Marshall County

S – Tate County

W – Tunica County and Crittenden County, Arkansas

 

 

 

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County Courthouse – Hernando

 

 

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County Administration – Hernando

 

 

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Photos taken 2012 and 2018