Liberty in Clay County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Col. John Thornton, Elisha Cameron and James Gilmore served as the county's first administrative judges. They met at Owen's Tavern until a brick courthouse was built and later burns. In 1869, a second courthouse was constructed. A wooden statue called the "Lady of Justice" adorned the top of the courthouse and was surrounded by four clocks. The courthouse was razed in 1934. The statue and one of the clocks was preserved and is displayed in the third courthouse located on the square. You are standing in front of the fourth courthouse built in the mid-1980's and named in honor of Circuit Court Judge James A. Rooney.
Location. 39° 14.719′ N, 94° 25.153′ W. Marker is in Liberty, Missouri, in Clay County. Click for map. Marker is near the entrance to the James S. Rooney Justice Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11 South Water Street, Liberty MO 64068, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clay County American Revolution Veterans (here, next to this marker); Founding Fathers (a few steps from this marker); Scales and Rails (within shouting distance of this marker); First Court House Site (within shouting War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); John Dougherty (within shouting distance of this marker); Intelligencia (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacred Waters (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Liberty.
Also see . . .
1. Clay County, Missouri, Official Website. (Submitted on September 1, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Clay County (MO) Archives and Historical Library. (Submitted on September 1, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.