Shelby County

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Shelby County is named for Isaac Shelby, who was the Governor of Kentucky and an American Revolutionary War soldier.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Knox County and Lewis County

E – Marion County

S – Monroe County

W – Macon County 


Created:  January 2, 1835                      Map of Missouri highlighting Shelby County

County Seat:

Shelbyville  1835 – present


County Courthouse –  Shelbyville  


Location:  100 East Main Street / North Jackson Street

Built:  1892 – 1893

Style:  Beaux Arts and Classical

Architect:  Jerome Bibb Legg of St. Louis,

Contractor:  Charles E Force and Company of Kansas City, Missouri


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is locate on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Shelbyville. The building has entrances on the south, east and west. The entrance sections extend from the main building with a large arch with recessed entrance on the first story and a large arch around the window on the second story, and with a peak rising above. On the center of the roof is a large white colored octagonal cupola with black colored roof. The roof is hipped. In the interior, the County Circuit Court courtroom is on the second story and the County Court courtroom is on the first story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 41st Judicial Circuit.


See:  The architect, Jerome Bibb Legg of St. Louis, Missouri, also designed the courthouse in Ballard County, Kentucky and in Gasconade County, St. Charles County and Ste. Genevieve CountyMissouri.


See:  The 41st Judicial Circuit includes Macon County and Shelby County.


History:  The county was created in 1835 and Shelbyville became the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story brick structure built by Charles Smith, Samuel J Smith and James C Hawkins in 1739 at a cost of $4,000. Wait Barton contracted for wood work for $2,175 and Obadiah Dickerson was appointed superintendent. Wings were added in 1878 and the building was destroyed by fire on June 29, 1891. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1892 to 1893 at a cost of $24,380.




County Courthouse – Shelbyville










Photos taken 2005 and 2006