Dade County is named for Francis L Dade, who was a Major in the United States 4th Infantry Regiment during the Second Seminole War.
Created: January 29, 1841
Greenfield 1841 – present
County Courthouse – Greenfield
Location: 300 West Water Street / North Main Street
Built: 1934 – 1935
Style: Classical Revival
Architect: Fred C Bonsack and Harvey J Pearce of St. Louis
Contractor: C F Rinehart Construction Company of St. Louis
Description: The building faces east and is a two story gray colored Carthage stone structure. The building is 70 feet by 70 feet. The east front and all sides have two inset columns rising to a header at the roof line. A cornice runs below the flat roof line. This was a Works Projects Administration.
Note: The first court met at the home of William Penn. The first courthouse was built by R S Jacobs and Joseph Griggs in Greenfield in 1842 at a cost of $800 to $900. The second courthouse was built by Dozier C Gill in 1850 at a cost of $7,500 and was destroyed on October 6, 1863. The third courthouse was built by Francis M Wilson in 1868 at a cost of $10,000. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $135,000.
N – Cedar County
S – Lawrence County
Photos taken 2009