Monday, March 30, 2009

Benton County Courthouse in Vinton

Benton County was named for Thomas Hart Benton, a senator from Missouri and colonel in the War of 1812.

Benton County’s first courthouse was a two-story log structure built in Vinton (originally called Northport, then Fremont). The building was begun around 1846 but was not finished until 1852, only to be destroyed by fire in 1853.

In 1856, a two-story brick Greek Revival courthouse with a tall narrow cupola was built.

Benton County’s current courthouse is a three-story Beaux Arts design by Bell and Detweiler and completed in 1906. Clad in Buckeye grey sandstone, the courthouse features a tall illuminated clock tower, with a bell donated by a local citizen. The Benton County courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

Visit the Benton County web site for more information.

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