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Clark County, Kentucky, Courthouse – Pic of the Week

Our picture of the week is the Clark County Courthouse, in Kentucky, which is situated on Main Street in the county seat of Winchester. This courthouse was constructed in 1855 in the Greek Revival style and was designed by architect John McMurty. The courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, and unlike many of the historic courthouses we have featured on In Custodia Legis, it is still in use for judicial functions.

The front of the Clark County, KY Courthouse is pictured with a cloudy sky in the background.

The Clark County, Kentucky, Courthouse. Photograph by Robert Brammer.

I checked the Library’s historical newspaper database, Chronicling America, to see if I could find any mentions of the courthouse. In addition to the usual marital and probate announcements that serve as reminders of the central role that courthouses play in their communities, I found this report from 1885 that declared that the Clark County Courthouse was tumbling down. This seems premature, since the courthouse is still standing 136 years later.

This image is a newspaper article from 1885 that describes that the Clark County, Courthouse is in a bad state of repair.

Excerpt from The Semi-weekly Interior Journal, April 3, 1885. //chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1885-04-03/ed-1/seq-2/

Finally, although it is not strictly related to the Clark County Courthouse, I enjoyed the slogan from this judicial campaign ad from neighboring Montgomery County, Kentucky, that I came across during my research.

This is a judicial campaign ad featuring the profile of a person named W.B. White who was running for judge in Montgomery County, KY in 1915.

Excerpt from The Mt. Sterling Advocate, August 4, 1915. //chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069675/1915-08-04/ed-1/seq-1/

Do you have a favorite historic courthouse? Let us know in the comments.

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