Obion County is named for the Obion River which is named for the corruption of the name of an Irish trapper called “O’Bion” or “O’Brien”.
Created: October 24, 1823
Troy 1823 -1890
Union City 1890 – present
County Courthouse – Union City
Location: 7 Bill Burnett Circle / West Washington Street
Built: 1939 – 1940
Style: Art Deco
Architect: Joseph Holman and Thomas Marr of Nashville
Contractor: F C Gorrell & Sons.
Description: The building faces east and is a two story gray colored limestone structure. The east front has a projecting center section with a stone framed entrance on the first story and vertical recessed windows on the second and third stories. The roof line is flat. The building was a Work Projects Administration project.
Note: The first courthouse built in Troy was demolished but Courthouse Square was retained. The previous courthouse was designed by T L Bransford and constructed in Union City in 1890 when the county seat was moved.
See: The architect, Joseph Holman and Thomas Marr of Nashville, designed courthouses in Bedford County, Franklin County, Hardin County, Lauderdale County, Madison County, McNairy County, Pickett County, Sumner County and Weakley County. They also designed the Tennessee Supreme Court in Nashville.
E – Weakley County
W – Lake County
Picture 1890 Courthouse
Photos taken 2011 and 2018