Cooper County

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Cooper County is named for Sarshall Cooper, who was a frontier settler and who was killed by Indians near Arrow Rock in 1814.


Created:  December 17, 1818

County Seat:

Boonville   1818 – present


County Courthouse – Boonville


Location:  200 Main Street / High Street

Built:  1912 – 1913

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  R  G Kirsch

Contractor:  W J Cochran


Description: The building faces west and is a three story gray colored stone structure. The building is 80 feet by 100 feet. The west front has a slightly projecting center section with arched window above the entrance. On the third story is a large window. A wide cornice runs below the roof line and below the second story windows. The roof line is flat.


Note:  The first courthouse was built by William C Porter ( Potter) and Willis Kempshall at a cost of $9,699 in 1821 to 1823 under the supervision of James Bruffee, Benjamin F Hickox and Robert Wallace. The second courthouse was built by Seltcer and McCullough in 1838 to 1840 at a cost of approximately $30,000. The present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $95,000.



N – Howard County

E – Boone County and Moniteau County

S – Moniteau County and Morgan County

W – Pettis County and Saline County




















Photos taken 2009