Ripley County

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Ripley County is named for Eleazer Wheelock Ripley, who was a Brigadier General in the War of 1812.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Carter County 

E – Butler County

S – Randolph County, Arkansas

W – Oregon County


Created:  January 5, 1833                      Map of Missouri highlighting Ripley County

County Seat: 

Doniphan  1833 – present


County Courthouse – Doniphan  


Location:  100 Courthouse Square / Lafayette Street

Built:  1898– 1899

Style:  Victorian

Architect:  William F Schrage of Kansas City

Contractor:  John M Anderson


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick, stone and wood structure. The building is 128 feet by 95 feet. The east front has a central square brick tower rising three stories. At the entrance is a small portico supported by four wood columns. On the second story is a large arched window. Each corner of the building has a square brick tower with mansard roof. The base of the building is course stone. The superintendent was Judge McManus. During the 1930’s, the building was repaired under a Work Projects Administration project. Extensive remodeling was done in 1976.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1848. The second courthouse was built in 1871 and was destroyed on January 1, 1898. The present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $20,000.


See:  The architect, William F Schrage of Kansas City also designed courthouses in Howard County and Morgan County.




County Courthouse - Doniphan
















Photos taken 2009