Monroe County

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Monroe County is named for James Monroe, who was the fifth President of the United States from 1817 to 1825.


Created:  January 6, 1831 

County Seat:

Paris  1831 – present


County Courthouse – Paris  


Location:  300 North Main Street / East Monroe Street

Built:  1912 – 1913

Style:  Renaissance Revival

Architect:  William W Rose and David B Peterson of Kansas City

Contractor:  Henning Construction Company


Description: The building faces west and is a three story gray colored Bedford limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city and is 108 feet by 82 feet. The west front has a recessed first story entrance with two large columns rising from the second story to the top of the third story which has a raised parapet above the roof line. The first story is rusticated stone with smooth stone on the upper stories. There is a wide eave at the roof line. On the center of the building is a dome with red colored roof and clock.



N – Shelby County and Marion County

E – Ralls County

S – Audrain County 

W – Randolph County





County Courthouse



















Photos taken 2009