Howell County

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Howell

Howell County is named for James Howell, who was a pioneer and settler, or for Thomas J Howell, who was another settler.

 

Created:  March 2, 1857

County Seat:

West Plains  1857 – present

 

County Courthouse – West Plains  

 

Location:  4 Courthouse Square / Main Street

Built:  1935 – 1937

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Earl Hawkins of Springfield

Contractor:  L H Britton.

 

Description: The building faces west and is a three story gray colored Carthage stone and concrete structure. The building is 82 feet square. The west front has a central entrance on the first story. The second and third story windows are a single vertical section. The roof line is flat. This was a Work Projects Administration project.

 

See:  The architect, Earl Hawkins designed courthouses in Laclede County, Ozark County and Webster County.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1859. The second courthouse was built by T E Britton in 1869 at a cost of approximately $1,200. The third courthouse was designed by Henry H. Hohenschild and was constructed by G W Goodlander of Fort Scott, Kansas in 1883 to 1884 at a cost of $16,600. The building was razed in 1933. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $107,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Texas County

E – Shannon County and Oregon County

S – Fulton County, Arkansas

W – Ozark County and Douglas County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2009