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Cannelton in Perry County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Cannelton Courthouse

c. 1896

 

— Perry County Indiana Heritage Project —

 
Cannelton Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 16, 2017
1. Cannelton Courthouse Marker
Inscription.  Perry County’s boundaries had changed by 1859. The county offices and courthouse were then moved into a remodeled house in Cannelton to provide a more centrally located county seat. In 1896 this Renaissance Revival building was built to serve as the county offices and courthouse. The building, designed by John Bacon Hutchings a Louisville architect, is constructed of straw colored brick with Bedford lime stone trim on a locally quarried sandstone foundation. It has been said that the building’s symmetry proves the old proverb: “beauty is its own excuse for being.” It served as the county seat until 1994, when the county offices and courthouse were moved into a modern more accessible building.
 
Erected 2005 by Perry County CVB.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1896.
 
Location. 37° 54.723′ N, 86° 44.454′ W. Marker is in Cannelton, Indiana, in Perry County. Marker is on South 7th Street (Indiana Route 66) just north of Taylor Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker
Cannelton Courthouse (1896 Perry County Courthouse) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 16, 2017
2. Cannelton Courthouse (1896 Perry County Courthouse)
(marker visible just right of staircase)
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is located beside the sidewalk, directly in front of the subject building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 125 South 7th Street, Cannelton IN 47520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gilbert Mortier Marquis de Layfayette (a few steps from this marker); Perry County Rocks (a few steps from this marker); Indiana Cotton Mill (approx. ¼ mile away); Fabric of Cannelton (approx. ¼ mile away); Hawesville Railroad Station (approx. 0.8 miles away in Kentucky); Hawesville (approx. 0.9 miles away in Kentucky); County Named - 1829 (approx. 0.9 miles away in Kentucky); Captain William Davison / Steamboat Disaster (approx. 1.2 miles away in Kentucky). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cannelton.
 
Regarding Cannelton Courthouse. Contributing property, Cannelton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places #87000108. The building is currently home to the Perry County Museum.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Perry County Indiana Courthouse History
 
Also see . . .
1. Perry County Old Courthouse Museum. The courthouse was built to replace the first courthouse at Cannelton, which was in a house remodeled for the hasty move of the county seat from Rome in 1859. The building cost $30,000 which was raised by Cannelton
Cannelton Courthouse Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 16, 2017
3. Cannelton Courthouse Entrance
citizens and given to the county. (Submitted on April 25, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Perry County Court House, Cannelton, Indiana. Perry County has had four county seats. The first was at Troy, chosen in 1814. The second was Rome (originally named Washington and then Franklin) in 1819. Cannelton became the third in 1859. In 1994 a new county courthouse was opened in Tell City. (Submitted on April 25, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Perry County Museum. The Perry County Museum building was purchased by the Perry County Museum Board of Trustees in December 1998. The former courthouse is in the French Renaissance style, yellow brick with Bedford limestone lintels and massive sandstone foundation which was quarried from the hills near Cannelton. (Submitted on April 25, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Cannelton Courthouse Cornerstone image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 16, 2017
4. Cannelton Courthouse Cornerstone
Perry County Courthouse
First Courthouse • Troy — 1816-1819
Second Courthouse • Rome — 1819-1859
Third Courthouse • 6th St. Cannelton — 1859-1896
Present Courthouse erected 1896 on land donated 1859 by American Cannel Coal Company with provision it be used for courthouse and Jail.
Presented by
Cannelton Sesquicentennial Decorating Committee 1987
Cannelton Courthouse (1896 Perry County Courthouse) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 16, 2017
5. Cannelton Courthouse (1896 Perry County Courthouse)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 25, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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