New Madrid County is named for Madrid, the capital of Spain.
Created: October 1, 1812
New Madrid 1812 – 1814
Big Prairie 1814
Rossville 1814 – 1819
Winchester 1819 – 1822
New Madrid 1822 – present
County Courthouse – New Madrid
Location: 450 Main Street / Virginia Avenue
Built: 1915 – 1919
Style: Greek Revival
Architect: H G Clymer of St. Louis
Contractor: Building and Construction Company
Description: The building faces east and is a two story gray colored brick and concrete structure. The building is 107 feet by 75 feet. The east front has a large portico supported by two large columns which rise to a pediment at the roof line. The entrance is recessed. The roof is sloped. The architect wasand the contractor was Interstate. W W Taylor of Cape Girardeau completed the interior work.
Note: The first courthouse was built in New Madrid in 1822. The second courthouse was built in 1854 at a cost of $2,950 and was destroyed by fire on September 24, 1905. Construction of the present courthouse began in 1915 but due to World War I beginning and the labor force being reduced W W Taylor, a master builder from Cape Girardeau, superintended finished the interior work, which was completed in January 1919. The cost of construction of the courthouse was $100,000.
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Photos taken 2009