Lafayette County Courthouse - Lexington, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 39° 11.122 W 093° 52.970
15S E 423753 N 4337718
Quick Description: Historic county courthouse in Lexington, Missouri.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 5/25/2011 6:26:51 PM
Waymark Code: WMBJAV
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Rayman
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Long Description:

The LAFAYETTE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, on the square near the center of town, is a two-story, white-painted brick structure of Classic- Revival design. A clock tower surmounts the four-columned Ionic portico. Imbedded in the east column is a cannon ball fired during the Battle of Lexington (see below). This Courthouse, one of the most important examples of ante bellum architecture remaining in the State, was designed by William Daugherty, a local architect, and built between 1847 and 1849.- Missouri: A Guide to the "Show Me" State, Tour 2, pg. 373.

The building continues to serve as the county courthouse.  Now it is the oldest continuously used courthouse in Missouri.  The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

Book: Missouri

Page Number(s) of Excerpt: 373

Year Originally Published: 1941

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