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Which of Indiana’s 92 County Courthouses is Your Favorite?

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For those of us who travel the state frequently, it’s no secret the our county courthouses and their adjacent squares exhibit some of the best architecture in the Midwest. Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, the county seats in all 92 counties constructed some of the most magnificent monuments to the local rule of law. Of the 92 counties, over 80 have retained their historic courthouses, the rest having been lost to natural disasters, or neglect.

Recognizing their symbolic and cultural importance, some communities have retained their original historic structures (such as St. Joseph County) and built new buildings to accommodate their needs. Other communities (like Perry County) built new courthouses as the moved county seats; first from Rome, then to Cannelton, and finally to Tell City. There is a courthouse in each of these communities, but only one serves as the official seat of government.

In 2008, Governor Mitch Daniels signed Senate Bill 176, which created the Indiana Courthouse Preservation Advisory Committee. In 2011, they published this report.

In the report, the committee found that the county courthouses serve as part of Indiana’s symbolic identity, that the courthouses can serve as a component of state tourism, and that the squares can be part of local community development.

In 2013, I received a grant from Ball State University to photograph all 92 Indiana’s historic county courthouses and their adjacent squares. I’ve included a photo of each courthouse below, but if you are interested in seeing the full set with more information, visit: indianacourthousesquare.org.


Whitley County

Whitley County

White County

White County

Wells County

Wells County

Wayne County

Wayne County

Washington County

Washington County

Warrick County

Warrick County

Warren County

Warren County

Wabash County

Wabash County

Vigo County

Vigo County

Vermillion County

Vermillion County

Historic Courthouse Vanderburgh County

Historic Courthouse Vanderburgh County

Union County

Union County

Tipton County

Tipton County

Tippecanoe County

Tippecanoe County

Switzerland County

Switzerland County

Sullivan County

Sullivan County

Current Courthouse - St. Joseph County

Current Courthouse – St. Joseph County

First Historic Courthouse - St. Joseph County

First Historic Courthouse – St. Joseph County

Second Historic Courthouse - St. Joseph County

Second Historic Courthouse – St. Joseph County

Steuben County

Steuben County

Starke County

Starke County

Spencer County

Spencer County

Shelby County

Shelby County

Scott County

Scott County

Rush County

Rush County

Ripley County

Ripley County

Randolph County

Randolph County

Putnam County

Putnam County

Pulaski County

Pulaski County

Posey County

Posey County

Porter County

Porter County

Pike County

Pike County

First Courthouse in Perry County (Rome)

First Courthouse in Perry County (Rome)

Second Historic Courthouse in Perry County (Cannelton)

Second Historic Courthouse in Perry County (Cannelton)

Current Courthouse in Perry County (Tell City)

Current Courthouse in Perry County (Tell City)

Parke County

Parke County

Owen County

Owen County

Orange County

Orange County

Ohio County

Ohio County

Noble County

Noble County

Newton County

Newton County

Morgan County

Morgan County

Montgomery County

Montgomery County

Monroe County

Monroe County

 

Miami County

Miami County

Modern Courthouse Martin County

Modern Courthouse Martin County

Historic Courthouse Martin County

Historic Courthouse Martin County

Marshall County

Marshall County

Marion County

Marion County

Madison County

Madison County

Lawrence County

Lawrence County

LaPorte County

LaPorte County

Lake County

Lake County

LaGrange County

LaGrange County

Kosciusko County

Kosciusko County

Knox County

Knox County

Johnson County

Johnson County

Jennings County

Jennings County

Jefferson County

Jefferson County

Jay County

Jay County

Jasper County

Jasper County

Jackson County

Jackson County

Huntington County

Huntington County

Howard County

Howard County

Henry County

Henry County

Hendricks County

Hendricks County

Harrison County

Harrison County

Hancock County

Hancock County

Hamilton County

Hamilton County

Greene County

Greene County

Grant County

Grant County

Gibson County

Gibson County

Fulton County

Fulton County

Franklin County

Franklin County

Fountain County

Fountain County

Floyd County

Floyd County

Fayette County

Fayette County

Elkhart County

Elkhart County

DuBois County

DuBois County

Delaware County

Delaware County

Dekalb County

Dekalb County

Decatur County

Decatur County

Dearborn County

Dearborn County

Daviess County

Daviess County

Crawford County

Crawford County

Clinton County

Clinton County

Clay County

Clay County

Clark County

Clark County

Cass County

Cass County

Carroll County

Carroll County

Brown County

Brown County

Boone County

Boone County

Blackford County

Blackford County

Benton County

Benton County

Bartholomew County

Bartholomew County

Allen County

Allen County

Adams County

Adams County

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