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Lexington in Lafayette County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Lafayette County Courthouse

 
 
Lafayette County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 29, 2015
1. Lafayette County Courthouse Marker
Inscription. Begun in 1847, the county's third courthouse is the oldest remaining in use in Missouri. The early portion, with its columned portico, remains unchanged except for modern lighting, heating and office equipment. The office wing on the east side, was begun in 1854 as a one-story building. Afterwards, a second story was added. In 1939 it was connected to the main courthouse, providing new vaults and offices. During the Battle of Lexington, Sept. 18-20, 1861, a cannon ball struck the east column and remains in place. The cupola was part of the original construction but the clock was installed in 1886 by Lexington citizens.
 
Erected by Lafayette County Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 11.122′ N, 93° 52.962′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Missouri, in Lafayette County. Marker is on Main Street west of 11th Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 Main Street, Lexington MO 64067, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Replica of the Statue of Liberty (within shouting distance of this marker); Lexington (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Site of Russell, Majors and Waddell Home Office
Lafayette County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 29, 2015
2. Lafayette County Courthouse
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Steamboat Saluda Disaster (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Morrison (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Library Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mount Vernon Foundation Stones (approx. 0.2 miles away); Christ Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lexington.
 
Also see . . .  Historic American Buildings Survey record for the Lafayette County Courthouse. (Submitted on November 10, 2015.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Cannon Ball That Struck Lafayette County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, October 29, 2015
3. Cannon Ball That Struck Lafayette County Courthouse
VIEW FROM NORTH - Lafayette County Courthouse, Lexington, Lafayette County, MO image. Click for full size.
By Lester Jones, July 5, 1940
4. VIEW FROM NORTH - Lafayette County Courthouse, Lexington, Lafayette County, MO
Photograph courtesy of the Historic American Buildings Survey.
Cannonball in Lafayette County Courthouse Column image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 11, 2015
5. Cannonball in Lafayette County Courthouse Column
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   4. submitted on .   5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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