Delaware County- Muncie (1992-2021)

The rate that many early Indiana counties blew through county seats and courthouses is astounding. Whether due to recurring illness, natural disasters, Machiavellian politics, or a combination of all of it, it’s not uncommon to find counties that built three or four different courthouses before a permanent county seat was established. On the other hand, […]

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Seneca County, Ohio- Tiffin (2017-)

I took an online rhetoric class at a community college last year that involved writing a persuasive paper. I focused on the value that historic courthouses provide their communities and how they tend to serve as commercial anchors to their downtowns. Any courthouse does that, but old ones demonstrated that courthouses with history contributed far […]

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DeKalb County- Auburn (1914-)

My favorite courthouses I saw as a kid were Allen County’s in Fort Wayne, the Hamilton County Courthouse in Noblesville, Goshen’s Elkhart County Courthouse, and Hartford City’s in Blackford County. A lot of them were ones I saw on biweekly trips to visit my dad. One thing that they all had in common was a […]

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Johnson County- Franklin (1881-)

Hoosier fourth-graders study Indiana history. While most of it’s concentrated around the state’s founding, my recollections from 2002 culminated in my textbook’s quick mention of some of the notable people our state has produced. Cole Porter was one, born in Peru. The artist Robert Indiana was another; a New Castle resident born Robert Clark in […]

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Orange County- Paoli (1850-)

You’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d taken a wrong turn at French Lick and wound up in the antebellum south the first time you arrive in Paoli. Just look at the courthouse there, standing proudly amidst an expansive green in the middle of the town’s Lancaster square, where cars go around the building like […]

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Sullivan County- Sullivan (1926-)

As Sullivan County officials planned a new building to replace their antiquated 1852 courthouse, they hit the road and visited several in western Indiana for inspiration. Loaded with money from the coal mining industry that was burgeoning there1, they eventually wound up in Newport, the seat of Vermillion County. So struck were they by the […]

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