Vernon County

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 Vernon County is named for Miles Vernon, who was a state senator from Missouri.

Created:  February 17, 1855 

County Seat:

Nevada  1855 – present


County Courthouse – Nevada  


Location:  100 West Cherry Street / North Cedar Street

Built:  1906 – 1908

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  Robert G Kirsch of Kirsch and Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Contractor:  F Dye and J B Beagles Contractors of Nevada


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story course gray colored Carthage stone structure. The building is 80 feet by 100 feet. The south front has a projecting center section with arched entrance on the first story and rising to a peak. Above the entrance is a large arched window on the second story. On each corner is a large square stone tower with peaked red colored roof. On the center of the roof is a large square stone clock tower with peaked red colored roof.


Note:  The first courthouse was designed by D C Hunter the county clerk and superintendent of construction and was built by James Bryan in 1856 to 1857 at a cost of $900. A clerk’s office was built on the southwest corner of the square in 1860 for $550. Both the courthouse and clerk’s office were destroyed by fire in 1863. The second courthouse was constructed by Charles W Goodlander under the supervision of A A Pitcher at a cost of $25,000 in 1868. The present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $95,215. The building is similar to courthouses in Adair County and Polk County.


See:  The architect, Robert G Kirsch designed courthouses in Adair County, Carroll County, Cooper County and Polk County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Vernon County Courthouse



N – Bates County

E – St. Clair County and Cedar County

S – Barton County

W – Bourbon County, Kansas and Linn County, Kansas



































Photos taken 2009