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Cookeville in Putnam County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Putnam County's Third and Fourth Courthouses

 
 
Putnam County's Third and Fourth Courthouses Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 25, 2021
1. Putnam County's Third and Fourth Courthouses Marker
Inscription.  Putnam County's third courthouse (above) was built in 1866 and burned in 1899. The present building (below) was completed in 1900 and remodeled in 1962, when the clock tower was removed.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureLaw Enforcement. A significant historical year for this entry is 1866.
 
Location. 36° 9.735′ N, 85° 29.988′ W. Marker is in Cookeville, Tennessee, in Putnam County. Marker is on East Spring Street (U.S. 70N), on the right when traveling west. Marker is by the south (main) entrance to the historic courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 E Spring St, Cookeville TN 38501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Putnam County Revolutionary Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); Putnam County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Putnam County Courthouses (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of WHUB Radio's First Studios (within shouting distance of this marker); Israel Putnam
Putnam County's Third and Fourth Courthouses Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 25, 2021
2. Putnam County's Third and Fourth Courthouses Marker
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Town Spring (approx. 0.2 miles away); Richard Fielding Cooke (approx. Ό mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cookeville.
 
Putnam County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
via City of Cookeville
3. Putnam County Courthouse
Putnam County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
via Tennessee State Library & Archives, circa 1911
4. Putnam County Courthouse
The courthouse was built for $30,000 in 1900. The clock tower was removed as part of a 1962 renovation project after repeated efforts to repair the clock had failed, according to Cookeville Herald Citizen archives. Damage from lightning strikes and pigeon droppings had left the clock's four faces often displaying different times, much to local officials' chagrin.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 27, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 78 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 27, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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Jul. 1, 2022