Crawford County

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Crawford County is named for William Harris Crawford, who was a presidential candidate as well as United States Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Gasconade County and Franklin County

E – Washington County and Iron County

S – Iron County and Dent County

W – Phelps County and Gasconade County


Created:  January 23, 1829                    Map of Missouri highlighting Crawford County

County Seat:

Little Piney River  1829 – 1834

Liberty Hill            1834 – 1835

Steelville               1835 – present


County Courthouse – Steelville


Location:  SW – Main Street / South 2nd Street

Built:  1885 – 1886

Style:  Federalist

Architect:  J J Upchurch

Contractor:  Hollow and Salzer


Description: The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Steelville. The building was 71 feet by 36 feet. The north front has a porch supported by four white colored columns. The center section projects from the main building and has a peaked roof. An addition was added on the east side in 1974. The architect was Dan Mullen and the contractor was Cyrus Dace.On the east side is the County Circuit Court.


See:  The 42nd Judicial District covers Crawford CountyDent CountyIron CountyReynolds County and Wayne County.


History:  The county was created in 1829 and Little Piney River was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was the log home of James Harrison at Little Piney River. The county seat was moved to Liberty Hill in 1834 and then to Steelville in 1835. A clerk’s office was built in 1837. The second courthouse was designed by M W Trask and built by Obadiah Ferguson in 1839 to 1844. The third courthouse was built in 1857 and burned on February 15, 1873. The fourth courthouse was built by A E Dye and Sons under the supervision of Joe Davis at a cost of $9,775 in 1873 and was destroyed by fire on January 5, 1884. The fifth courthouse was constructed in 1885 to 1886 at a cost of $7,500.




County Courthouse – Steelville
















County Ciricuit Court – Steelville







Photos taken 2009