Yazoo County

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Yazoo County is named for the Yazoo Native American word meaning “river of death”.


Created:  January 21, 1823

County Seat: 

Benton        1827 – 1849

Yazoo City  1848 – present


County Courthouse – Yazoo City


Location:  211 East Broadway / North Washington Street

Built:  1871 – 1872

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Charles M Oates

Contractor:  Valentine Warner


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story white colored stuccoed-brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Yazoo City. The south front has a portico with four columns rising from the second story to a pediment at the roof line. On the first story is the recessed entrance with large arched window on the second story. Similar windows are on either side of the portico. Along the west side is a portico with vertical piasters rising to a pediment and entrance on the first story. On the center of the roof is an octagonal cupola with red colored dome. The roof is hipped. The building was renovated in 1931. The architect was Claude H Lindsley and the contractor was Currie & Corley. In 1992, the building was renovated and the modern addition on the north side was constructed. The architect was Godfrey, Bassett, Kuykendall and Campbell Architects Ltd. and the contractor was Arcon Corporation. On the east side is the County Office Building.


Note:  The 1848 courthouse designed by William Nichols, who designed the Governor’s Mansion in Jackson, was destroyed by fire on July 4, 1863.




N – Humphreys County and Holmes County

E – Madison County

S – Hinds County and Warren County

W – Issaquena County and Sharkey County





County Courthouse – Yazoo City

























County Office Building – Yazoo City

Photos taken 2012