Moniteau County

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Moniteau County is named for Moniteau Creek which was named by the French after the Algonquin Native American word “Manitou” meaning “Great Spirit”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Cooper County and  Boone County

E – Boone County and Cole County 

S – Miller County 

W – Morgan County and Cooper County


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

County Seat:

California  1845 – present


County Courthouse – California  


Location:  200 East Main Street / North High Street

Built:  1867 – 1868

Style:  Second Empire and Italianate

Architect:  William Vogdt

Contractor:  Underwood and Conn of Illinois


Description: The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city and is 54 feet by 89 feet. The south front has a curved portico supported by two brick columns rising to a dome at the roof line. The cornice at the roof line extends outward. On the center of the roof is an octagonal wood cupola. The base of the building is course stone. In 1905 there was extensive remodeling completed. The architect was O E Sprouce. Minor changes were made in 1934.


See:  The 26th Judicial District covers Camden County, Laclede County, Miller County, Moniteau County and Morgan County.




County Courthouse - California 



















Photos taken 2009