Mercer County is named for John F Mercer, who was an American lawyer, painter and politician from Virginia and Maryland.
Created: February 14, 1845
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 rectangular 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.
Note: The first courthouse was built in 1847. The second courthouse was built in 1858 by H B Nesbitt at a cost of $8,000. The present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $76,000.
S – Grundy County
W – Harrison County
Photos taken 2009