Jackson County is named for Andrew Jackson, who was the 7th President of the United States from 1829 to 1837.
Created: November 5, 1829
Litchfield 1832 – 1839
Elizabeth 1839 – 1852
Augusta 1852 – 1853
Jacksonport 1853 – 1892
Newport 1892 – present
County Courthouse – Newport
Location: 208 Main Street / 3rd Street
Built: 1892 – 1893
Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: George H Johnston of Joplin, Missouri and Lazar Hirsch
Contractor: George H Johnston of Joplin, Missouri and Henry H Wlsyed
Description: The building faces southeast and is a three story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The southeast front has a high central clock tower with arched entrance on the first story and rising to a clock with parapets at the top.. On the northeast corner is a square tower with sloped roof and on the southeast corner is a square towe with conical roof. The building has a sloped roof. The building was renovated in 1939. The architect was McAninch and Anderson and the contractor was Linebarger and Fraser.
Old County Courthouse – Jacksonport
Location: SW – Avenue Street / Dillard Street
Built: 1867 – 1872
Architect: Harrison Dwinal, Jerry Green and W E Patterson ( Commissioners )
Contractor: Thomas Cox and John A Schnable
Description: The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The north front has a central arched entrance on the first story. The windows are arched. The red colored mansard roof has dormers. On the center of the roof is a large square cupola with red colored dome. The building is now the Jacksonport Courthouse Museum.
Note: The first courthouse was built in Litchfield in 1832. The cost of construction of the Jacksonport courthouse was $17,760. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $40,412.
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Photos taken 2011