Barton County

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Barton

Barton County is named for David Barton, who was one of the first United States Senators from Missouri.

 

Created:  December 12, 1855 

County Seat:

Lamar  1856 – present

 

County Courthouse – Lamar  

 

Location:  1007 Broadway Street / West 10th Street

Built:  1887 – 1888

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  W R Parsons and Son of Topeka, Kansas

Contractor:  Morrison Brothers of Lamar

 

Description: The building faces east and is a two story St. Louis red colored brick and Barton County stone structure. The building is 80 by 120 feet. The east front has a small decorative portico on the first story with peaked roof. The center section projects slightly from the main building and rises to a peak. There are large square brick towers with peaked roofs on each corner.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1856. The second courthouse was built in 1860 by George E Ward and was burned in November 1862 during the Civil War. In 1866, the third courthouse was designed by Samuel Cones, A H Gibbs and J C Gaston and built by Charles Van Pelt at a cost of $5,000. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $32,500.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Vernon County

E – Cedar County and Dade County

S – Jasper County

W – Crawford County, Kansas

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2009