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Winchester in Clark County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Clark County Courthouse

 
 
Clark County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Frank Profitt, January 4, 2021
1. Clark County Courthouse Marker
Inscription.  

Clark County, named in honor of Revolutionary War hero General George Rogers Clark, was created in 1792. A two-room log cabin courthouse built here in 1794 on land donated by John Baker. Replaced by two-story brick bldg. in 1797. Third courthouse, built 1821, was where Henry Clay argued his last case before a jury, 1849.

Today’s courthouse, designed by noted Lexington architect John McMurtry, was completed in 1855 at a cost of over $40,000. Clock tower raised and courtroom moved upstairs in 1889. Courthouse was expanded in 1938 by addition of a rear block matching the front. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
 
Erected 2008 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways, presented by the Clark County Fiscal Court. (Marker Number 2256.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1792.
 
Location. 37° 59.567′ N, 84° 10.65′ W. Marker

Clark County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Frank Profitt, January 4, 2021
2. Clark County Courthouse Marker
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is in Winchester, Kentucky, in Clark County. Marker is on South Main Street south of Cleveland Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winchester KY 40391, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gov. James Clark Judicial Center (within shouting distance of this marker); County Named 1793 (within shouting distance of this marker); "Morgan's Men" Here (within shouting distance of this marker); Vietnam War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Clark County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Downtown Commercial District (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Pastime Theater Disaster (about 600 feet away); Hanson Home Site (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
 
Clark County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 20, 2013
3. Clark County Marker
Clark County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 20, 2013
4. Clark County Marker
The Rear Side of the Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Frank Profitt, January 4, 2021
5. The Rear Side of the Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 443 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on August 17, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 4, 2021, by Frank Profitt of Georgetown, Kentucky.   3, 4. submitted on August 16, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   5. submitted on January 4, 2021, by Frank Profitt of Georgetown, Kentucky. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.

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