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 located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of the city and 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





County Courthouse
















Photos taken 2009