Oregon County

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Oregon County is named for the Oregon Territory in the western United States.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Shannon County and Carter County 

E – Ripley County 

S – Randolph County, Arkansas, Sharp County, Arkansas and Fulton County, Arkansas

W – Howell County


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

County Seat: 

Thomasville  1845 – 1860

Alton             1860 – present


County Courthouse – Alton


Location:  Courthouse Square / Market Street

Built:  1939– 1942

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Earl Hawkins of Springfield

Contractor:  Work Projects Administration


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story red colored Ironton granite and concrete structure. The north front has a central entrance which is framed with stone. A horizontal band of stone runs below the first story windows. A band of stone runs along the roof line. This was a Work Projects Administration project ( WPA ). An addition was constructed in 1996.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in Thomasville in 1847 with John R Woodside serving as superintendent. The second courthouse was built by G W Reed in Alton in 1861 at a cost of $4,550 and was destroyed by fire in October 1863. In 1861, the third courthouse was designed by W Harper and in 1871, the rebuilt courthouse was designed by Samuel W. Greer and constructed by J F Kidwell at a cost of $5,795. In 1904, the building was remodeled by W E Wadsworth at a cost of $5,100. The present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $100,000.




County Courthouse – Alton













Photos taken 2009