Itawamba County

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Itawamba County is named for Itawamba, who was Native American Chief.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Prentiss County and Tishomingo County

E – Franklin County, Alabama and Marion County, Alabama

S – Monroe County

W – Lee County

 

Created:  February 9, 1836                                                        Map of Mississippi highlighting Itawamba County

County Seat: 

Fulton  1839 – present

 

County Courthouse – Fulton 

 

Location:  201 West Main Street / South Cummings Street

Built:  1852 – 1854

Style:  Modern

Architect:  J J Blythe

Contractor:  J J Blythe

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story flagstone, concrete and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Fulton. The west front has a central entrance with flagstone on the first story and stone cladding above. On the north side, there is a one story wing with entrance. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Circuit Court of then 1st Judicial District, County Chancery Court and County Youth Court. The architect and contractor was J J Blythe. In 1952, the building was remodeled and enlarged into an Art Deco style structure. In 1970 to 1971, the exterior of the building was substantially changed to its present style.The architect was A J Staub III and Jim W Johnson and the contractor was F L Crane & Sons. The building was renovated in 1994.

 

Note:  When constructed, the courthouse was a box-like Federal structure built at the same time as the Tishomingo County Courthouse in Jacinto also built by J J Blythe and still standing in Alcorn County. 

 

History:  The county was created in 1836 and Fulton was selected as the county seat in 1839. The county used a small storehouse in the Van Buren-Cardsville area west of the Tombigbee River as the first courthouse. In 1839, the second courthouse was a small wood structure located on the present site. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1852 to 1854

 

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This photo shows the courthouse in 1937 during remodeling when the building was a rectangular brick structure ( photo courtesy of Bob Frank of Fulton )

 

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This photo shows the courthouse in 1949 after the building was remodeled into an Art Deco style structure ( photo courtesy of Bob Frank of Fulton )

 

 

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County Courthouse – Fulton

 

 

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Photos taken 2012