Douglas County

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Douglas County is named for Stephen A Douglas, who was a politician from Illinois and Democratic nominee for President in 1860.


Created:  October 24, 1857 

County Seat:

Vera Cruz  1857 – 1860

Rome          1860 – 1873

Ava             1873 – present


County Courthouse – Ava


Location:  203 SE 2nd Avenue / SE 2nd Street

Built:  1936 – 1937

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Dan R Sanford

Contractor:  Weeks Construction Company of Kansas City.


Description: The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick, concrete and stone structure. The building is trimmed with “cast” stone made with Carthage stone chips, crushed and mixed with cement, cast into blocks and polished. The north front and west side have stone trim around the central entrance. Stone trim also runs along the roof line with vertical ornamentation. The roof line is flat.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in Vera Cruz in 1857. The second courthouse was built in Ava in 1872 at a cost of $350 and the building was burned in July 1872. The third courthouse was built in 1873 and was burned on April 26 or 27, 1886. The fourth courthouse was built in 1888.




N – Webster County, Wright County and Texas County

E – Howell County

S – Ozark County and Taney County

W – Christian County














Photos taken 2009