Ohio County is named for the Ohio River which river was named for the Iroquois word meaning “beautiful river”.
Created: October 7, 1776
West Liberty 1777 – 1797
Wheeling 1797 – present
County Courthouse – Wheeling
Location: 1500 Chapline Street / 15th Street
Built: 1859 – 1960
Architect: Frederic H Faris, Jr.
Contractor: Albert T Luchheti
Description: The building faces west and is a six story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The north section is a rectangular structure with the sixth story recessed. The west side has a concrete portico at the entrance. The south section is two stories and has a concrete portico at the south entrance. The roof line is flat. The building also houses the City of Wheeling offices.
Note: Courthouses were built in West Liberty in 1777 and 1779 and in Wheeling in 1798 and 1839. A courthouse was designed by J S Fairfax and constructed by A H Sheppard in 1876,. and was remodeled in 1886. The architect was Charles P Hamilton and the contractor was Kieves, Kraft & Company.
N – Brooke County
E – Washington County, Pennsylvania
S – Marshall County
Photos taken 2011