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McHenry in McHenry County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

McHenry County’s First Couthouse

1840-1844

 
 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, August 24, 2014
1. McHenry County’s First Couthouse Marker
Inscription. McHenry County's first commissioners met in this building on August 5th, 1840. The original structure was built on the Court Street side of the public square, now Veterans Memorial Park, as McHenry County's first courthouse.

McHenry County split from Cook County in 1836, comprising Lake and McHenry counties. The village of McHenry was the centrally-located county seat. Lake and McHenry counties divided in 1839. In 1843, the county seat was relocated to Centerville, now Woodstock.

In 1844, the government auctioned the courthouse to Horace Long, who moved it to this location on Riverside Drive, originally Water Street, for use as a tavern and hotel.
 
Erected by City of McHenry Landmark Commission, the McHenry County Historical Society, and The Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 20.76′ N, 88° 15.725′ W. Marker is in McHenry, Illinois, in McHenry County. Marker is at the intersection of North Riverside Drive and Pearl Street, on the right when traveling south on North Riverside Drive. Click for map. The marker is located one block north of IL-120. The marker
McHenry County’s First Couthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 24, 2014
2. McHenry County’s First Couthouse Marker
is on the northwest corner of the intersection. It's one block west of the Fox River. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1401 North Riverside Drive, McHenry IL 60050, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Unique Park with a Unique History (approx. 7.2 miles away); A Showcase of Diversity (approx. 7.2 miles away); Downtown Crystal Lake (approx. 7.6 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.6 miles away); El Tovar Theatre (approx. 7.8 miles away); Andrew C. Cook House (approx. 8 miles away); Cary Cemetery - 1839 (approx. 9.5 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 9.5 miles away).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
McHenry County’s First Couthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 24, 2014
3. McHenry County’s First Couthouse Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 225 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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