Jasper County

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Jasper County is named for William Jasper, who was a famous scout for the Continentals during the American Revolutionary War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Barton County

E – Dade County and  Lawrence County

S – Newton County

W – Cherokee County, Kansas


Created:  January 29, 1841                    Map of Missouri highlighting Jasper County

County Seat:

Carthage  1842 – present


County Courthouse – Carthage  


Location:  302 South Main Street / East 3rd Street

Built:  1894 – 1895

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  Maximillan A Orlopp Jr. of New Orleans, Louisiana

Contractor:  L W Divelbis of Olathe, Kansas


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story course gray colored Carthage stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Carthage and is 106 feet by 133 feet. The north front has a projecting center section with arched entrance on the first story with six arched openings on the second story. On either side of entrance rise two round stone towers with conical roofs. On each corner of the building is a square stone tower with peaked roofs. There are stone dormers on the roof. On the center of the roof is a high square clock tower rising to a conical roof with small cupola at the top. In the interior, the walls of the corridors are green painted plaster with a dark wood dado. The floor is covered with brown colored linoleum tiles. Two U-plan stairways are located in the north-south hallway, one on the east side of the south hall and the other on the west side of the north hall. These stairs are of cast iron and wood. The County Circuit Court courtrooms are located on the third story. The buiding houses the County Circuit Court of the 29th Judicial Circuit.


See:  The architect,  Maximillan A Orlopp Jr. of New Orleans, Louisiana also designed the old courthouse in Texas in Dallas County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Jasper County Courthouse


County Courthouse – Joplin




Location:  601 South Pearl Avenue / West 6th Street

Built:  1974 – 1975

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Allgeier, Martin & Associates of Joplin

Contractor:  V S DiCarlo General Contractors Inc. of Kansas City.


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story concrete and glass structure. The building is located in the center of Joplin. The entrances are framed with white. The first story is dark brown colored brick and the upper stories have vertical narrow white colored dividers. The roof line is flat. The buiding houses the County Circuit Court of the 29th Judicial Circuit.


See:  The 29th Judicial Circuit includes Jasper County. 


History:  The county was created in 1841 and Carthage was selected as the county seat in 1842. The first court met at the log cabin home of George Hornback to the north of Carthage. The first courthouse was a one story structure built by Levi H Jenkins in Carthage in 1842 at a cost of $398.50. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure designed by S W Walcott and built by Gabriel Johnson in 1849 to 1854 at a cost of $4,760. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in October, 1863. For the next thirty years, a remodeled jail was used as the third courthouse as well as a Baptist church. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1894 to 1895 at a cost of $100,000. The Joplin Courthouse was constructed in 1974 to 1975.




County Courthouse – Carthage


































County Courthouse – Joplin










Photos taken 2009