Mercer County

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Mercer

Mercer County is named for John F Mercer, who was an American lawyer, painter and politician from Virginia and Maryland.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Decatur County, Iowa and Wayne County, Iowa

E – Putnam County and Sullivan County

S – Grundy County

W – Harrison County

 

Created:  February 14, 1845                  Map of Missouri highlighting Mercer County

County Seat:

Princeton  1845 – present

 

County Courthouse –  Princeton  

 

Location:  802 East Main Street / Broadway Street

Built:  1911 – 1913

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  R W Van Trump and Rae Sanneman of Kansas City

Contractor:  J E Anderson of Kansas City.

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story gray colored stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Unionville. The rectangular shaped building is 65 feet by 90 feet. The north front has a projecting portico supported by four high columns with a pediment above at the roof line. There is stone trim around the main entrance. A projecting cornice runs below the flat roof line. The large courtroom is located on the third story. 

 

History:  The county was created in 1845 and Princeton was designated as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story log structure built in 1847. The second courthouse was a brick structure built in 1858 by H B Nesbitt at a cost of $8,000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1911 to 1913 at a cost of $76,000.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Princeyon

 

 

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Photos taken 2009