Cedar County

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Cedar County is named for the abundance of cedar trees In the region.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – St. Clair County

E – Polk County

S – Dade County

W – Barton County and Vernon County


Created:  February 14, 1845                  Map of Missouri highlighting Cedar County

County Seat:

Crow’s Mill 1845 – 1846

Stockton     1846 – present


County Courthouse –  Stockton


Location:  113 South Street / Jackson Street

Built:  1939 – 1940

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  James D Marshall and M Dwight Brown of Kansas City

Contractor:  W F Edgell and Son of Leavenworth


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story monolithic poured concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Stockton. The east front has a projecting center section with three vertical openings for the center entrance and windows. There are decorative panels between the windows. The roof line is flat. This was a Works Projects Administration project. Hare and Hare, landscape consultants, assisted with the plan. On the west side is a three story addition. The building houses the County Circuit Court.


See:  The 28th Judicial District covers Barton County, Cedar County, Dade County and Vernon County.


History:  The county was created in 1845 and Crow’s Mill was selected as the county seat. The county seat was then moved to Stockton ( Fremont ) in i846. The first courthouse was a house purchased from Samuel Moore in 1847. The second courthouse was a brick structure built by Dozier C Gill, Isaac Ragan and A M Long in 1852 at a cost of $5,500 and Benjamin H Cravens was the superintendent. M C White was hired to complete the building at a cost of $3,000. The courthouse was destroyed during the Civil War on October 5, 1863 and the county had no courthouse for four years. The third courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1867 under the supervision of B Davis at a cost of $10,000. In 1868, James A Cogle supervised repairs to the building. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1939 to 1940 at a cost of $112,600.




County Courthouse – Stockton










Picture 1867 County Courthouse







Photos taken 2009