Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Montgomery County Courthouse in Red Oak

Montgomery County was named for General Richard Montgomery, killed in the American Revolutionary War.

Montgomery County’s first courthouse was a two-story frame structure erected in 1857. When the county seat was moved to Red Oak Junction (now named Red Oak) in 1865, the courthouse moved on huge sleds pulled by thirty yoke of oxen.

The current courthouse is a three-story Richardsonian Romanesque designed by Henry C. Koch. Completed in 1891, it is constructed with light tan Missouri limestone, red pressed brick, and terracotta. It features a seven-story clocktower and an interesting roofline with turrets, domes, cupola, and chimneys. Its design is very similar to Koch’s design in Jefferson County. The Montgomery County courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Visit the City of Red Oak web site for more information.

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