Benton County

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Benton

Benton County is named for Thomas Hart Benton, who was a United States Senator from Missouri.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Pettis County

E – Morgan County and Camden County

S – Hickory County

W – St. Clair County and Henry County

 

Created:  January 3, 1835                      Map of Missouri highlighting Benton County

County Seat:

Warsaw  1837 – present

 

County Courthouse – Warsaw  

 

Location:  316 Van Buren Street / Main Street

Built:  1886 – 1887

Style:  Federalist

Architect:  George A Masters

Contractor:  Maurice Barret of Sedalia and Fred Busche of Lincoln

 

Description: The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The regangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Warsaw. The north front has a two story porch with balcony on the second story which was added in 2008. At the roof line is a gable with a slanted roof running the length of the building. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 30th Judicial Circuit. The superintendent was L C Steavenson. A large addition was constructed on the south side in 2008. The architect was Zingre and Associates and the contractor was Westport Construction, Inc.

 

See:  The 30th Judicial Circuit includes Benton County, Dallas County, Hickory CountyPolk County and Webster County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1835 and Warsaw was selected as the county seat in 1837. The first courts met in private homes. The first courthouse was a log structure built by Glover and Davis as a temporary building under the supervision of Adamson Cornwall in 1838. At the same time, a permanent second courthouse was a two story structure constructed by Rolla M Griffith and later by Bartholomew Keown, William Hurt, Joel Shepard and James Donald in 1840 at a cost was $4,500. In 1881, the courthouse was condemned. The third present courthouse was constructed in 1886 to 1887 at a cost of $9,089.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Warsaw

 

 

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Old County Sheriff Residence – Warsaw

Photos taken 2009