Belmont County

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Belmont County is the French words “belle monte” meaning “beautiful mountain”.


Created:  September 7, 1801

County Seat:

Pultney           1801 – 1805

St. Clairsville  1805 – present


County Courthouse – St. Clairsville 


Location:  101 West Main Street / North Market Street

Built:  1885 – 1888

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Joseph Warren Yost of Cleveland

Contractor:  Joseph Warren Yost of Cleveland


Description:  The building faces south and is a rectangular four story rusticated sandstone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds. The south front has a large portico with four columns rising to a balcony at the second story. Above is a pediment at the fourth story with the Statue of Justice at the top. There are arched windows. On the center of the roof is a tall octagonal dome.


Note:  The architect, Joseph Warren Yost of Cleveland, designed courthouses in Guernsey County, Harrison County, Holmes County, Miami County, Perry County, Wood County and Wyandot County.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in Pultney ( Shadyside ) in 1801. The second courthouse was a log structure built in St. Clairsville in 1805. The third courthouse was built by William Brown in 1815.



N – Harrison County and Jefferson County

E – Ohio County, West Virginia and Marshall County, West Virginia

S – Monroe County

W – Noble County and Guernsey County





County Courthouse






















Photos taken 2011