Ralls County

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Ralls County is named for Daniel Ralls, who was a Missouri legislator.

 

Created:  November 16, 1820

County Seat:

New London  1821 – present

 

County Courthouse –  New London  

 

Location:  311 South Main Street / East 4th Street

Built:  1858 – 1859

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Henry C Wellman and Nathan S Dimmitt

Contractor:  Francis Kidwell.

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story locally quarried limestone structure. The building is located on spacious grounds. The west front of the building has a large portico supported by four large columns rising to a wide pediment at the roof line. The recessed entrance is framed with wood. In 1935, an addition was built on the east side. The architect was Arthur Hogg. This was a Public Works Administration project. The building was renovated in 2006. The architect was Klingner & Associates and the contractor was Cannon General Contractors, Inc.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1822. The second courthouse was built by Samuel Mayhall and Richard S Howard in 1835. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $18,000.

 

See:  The other temple-type courthouses still in use as the official county building is located in Lafayette County.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Marion County

E – Pike County, Illinois and Pike County 

S – Audrain County

W – Monroe County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2009