Calhoun County

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Calhoun

Calhoun County is named for John C Calhoun, who was a United States statesman and Vice President.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

– Jackson County

E – Liberty County 

S – Gulf County

W – Bay County

 

Created:  January 26, 1838                    Map of Florida highlighting Calhoun County

County Seat:

St.   Joseph ( Gulf )  1838 – 1839

Iola ( Gulf )                1839 – 1848

Abes Spring Bluff      1848 – 1880

Blountstown              1880 – present

 

County Courthouse – Blountstown

 

Location:  425 Central Avenue East / Veterans Street

Built:  1972 – 1973

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Charles A Gaskin

Contractor:  Dyson Construction Company

 

Description: The building faces north and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Blountstown. The north front has a projecting porch supported by six high pillars rising to a wide header at the roof line. The entrance and windows above form a glass wall within the porch area. A wide brown colored horizontal band runs along the flat roof line. The courtroom is located on the south side of the second story.

 

Old County Courthouse – Blountstown

 

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Location:  314 Central Avenue East / Cayson Street

Built:  1904 – 1905

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  Benjamin Bosworth Smith and the Frank Lockwood

Contractor:  Dobson & Archillus

 

Description: The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Blountstown to the west of the courthouse. The south front has a projecting center section with arched entrance and recessed doorway on the first story. The center section rises to a peal above the roof line. The building has a west wing. The roof is hipped. The former courtroom was located on the second story.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Old Calhoun County Courthouse

 

History:  The first county seats do not appear to have courthouses. In 1880, the county seat was moved to Blountstown from Abes Springs Bluff. The first courthouse was a two story frame structure built near the Blount Bluff ( Blountstown ). The second courthouse was constructed in 1904 to 1905 and is still standing. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1972 to 1973.

 

 

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County Courthouse - Blountstown 

 

 

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Old County Courthouse - Blountstown 

 

 

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Photos taken 2009 and 2018