McDonald County

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McDonald County is named for Alexander McDonald, who was a soldier in the American Revolutionary War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Newton County

E – Barry County

S – Benton County, Arkansas

W – Delaware County, Oklahoma and Ottawa County, Oklahoma


Created:   March 3, 1849                        Map of Missouri highlighting McDonald County

County Seat:

Rutledge / Maryville  1849 – 1857

Pineville                     1857 – present


County Courthouse – Pineville


Location:  602 Main Street / East 7th Street

Built:  1977 – 1978

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hood-Rich of Springfield

Contractor:  R E Smith Construction Company of Joplin


Description:  The building faces west and is a one story stone and concrete  structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Pineville and is 72 feet by 84 feet. The south section of the building extends west with narrow vertical windows and an entrance with small canopy above. The north section has wide glass doors. A wide band of metal trim follows the flat roof line.


Old County Courthouse – Pineville




Location:  Courthouse Square / Main Street

Built:  1870 – 1871

Style:  Federalist

Architect:  Z P Cogswell

Contractor:  Willis R Cox and Zachariah Smith


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story white colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Pineville and is 42 feet by 48 feet. The roof is hipped with gable peaks. In 1905, the building was expanded on the east side. In 1943, the building was stuccoed and painted white. The building was renovated in 1969 and 1973.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Old McDonald County Courthouse


See:  The 40th Judicial District covers McDonald County and Newton County.


History:  The county was created in 1849 and Rutledge and Maryville (Pineville) were both county seats. The first courthouse was a log structure located in Rutledge in 1849. The second courthouse was located in Maryville which was renamed as Pineville. The county seat was affirmed at Pineville in 1857. The third courthouse was a one story frame structure built in 1858 to 1859 at the corner of Third Street and Main Street. The fourth courthouse was a three story brick structure built in 1861 located at the town square. The courthouse was burned in September 1863 and the county rented premises. The fifth courthouse was constructed in 1870 to 1871 at a cost of $4,950 and is still standing. The sixth and present courthouse was constructed in 1977 to 1978 at a cost of $165,000.   




County Courthouse – Pineville










Old County Courthouse – Pineville




Photos taken 2009