Bates County is named for Frederick Bates, who was the second governor of Missouri.
Created: January 29, 1841
Harmony Mission 1841 – 1847
Papinville 1847 – 1856
Butler 1856 – 1865
County Courthouse – Butler
Location: 1 North Delaware Street / West Ohio Street
Built: 1901 – 1902
Style: Richardsonian Romanesque
Architect: George E McDonald of Omaha, Nebraska
Contractor: Bartlett and Kling of Galesburg, Illinois.
Description: The building faces south and is a two story course gray colored Carthage stone structure. The building is 84 by 104 feet. The south front has a projecting center section with arched entrance on the first story and rising to a peak. Above the entrance is a large arched window on the second story. The four corner towers have octagonal ogee-shaped roofs and upper corners accented with stone bartizans. On the center of the roof is a large square stone clock tower with the statue of Justice at the top of the dome. The roof is hipped.
Note: The previous courthouse was designed by P B Leach and constructed by J B Linkenpaugh for $23,000 in 1869.
See: The architect, George E McDonald of Omaha, Nebraska, designed courthouses in Kansas in Elk County; in Missouri in Andrew County, Bates County, Johnson County and Lawrence County and in Nebraska in Fillmore County and Nuckolls County.
See: National Register of Historic Places – Bates County Courthouse
N – Cass County
S – Vernon County
Photos taken 2009