Monroe County is named for James Monroe, who was the fifth President of the United States from 1817 to 1825.
Created: January 6, 1831
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.
E – Ralls County
S – Audrain County
W – Randolph County
Photos taken 2009