Pemiscot County

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Pemiscot County is named for the Native American word meaning “liquid mud”.


Created:  February 19, 1851

County Seat: 

Gayoso           1851 – 1899

Caruthersville  1899 – present


County Courthouse – Caruthersville


Location:  610 Ward Avenue / West 7th Street

Built:  1924 – 1925

Style:  Classical Revival and  Federalist

Architect:  Henry H Hohenschild

Contractor:  McCarthy Construction Company


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The east front has a projecting central section with stone framed entrance and two large columns rising from the second story to the top of the third story with a wide header above. The roof line is flat. The building was renovated in 1974 and 1975. The architect was Henry Creighton and the contractor was Bien Construction of Dexter.


Note:  There were three courthouses in Gayoso built in 1854, 1873 and 1882 which was built by Major George W Carleton at a cost of $4000. The first courthouse in Caruthersville was built by Charles B Faris in 1899. The present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $114,000.


See: The architect, Henry H Hohenschild, also designed courthouses in Barry County, Christian County and Scott County.


County Justice Center – Caruthersville




Location:  800 Ward Avenue / West 8th Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces east and is a one story buff colored brick and concrete structure. There is a recessed central entrance framed with red colored brick and concrete. Horizontal red colored brick bands run across the building The roof line is flat. The jail is located on the north side.



N – New Madrid County

E – Lake County, Tennessee and Dyer County, Tennessee

S – Mississippi County, Arkansas

W – Dunklin County





County Courthouse



















County Justice Center




Photos taken 2009