Obion County

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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

County Seat: 

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.

 

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 CountySumner County and Weakley County. They also designed the Tennessee Supreme Court in Nashville.

 

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.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Fulton County, Kentucky and Hickman County, Kentucky

E – Weakley County

S – Gibson County and Dyer County

W – Lake County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Picture 1890 Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2011 and 2018