Carter County Courthouse ~ Van Buren, MO
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N 36° 59.706 W 091° 00.874
15S E 676677 N 4096171
Quick Description: Stone courthouse built as part of WPA Project No. 168; 1936.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 3/10/2009 6:41:56 AM
Waymark Code: WM6073
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:

Date Built: January 21, 1936.
Corner Stone Information:

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Pres. United States.
W.P.A. Project No. 168
January 21, 1936
Pres.Judge, W.H. Claxton
W.Judge, A.C. Gossaway
E.Judge, Roy Wilson
Pro.Judge, Luther Bucy
Cir.Clk. Austin Moore
Co.Clk. Glen McDowell
Pros.Atty. J.L. Moore
Pro.Super. Wm. Standley    
Sheriff, C.D. McKinney
Col.of Rev. S.H. Randolph
Assessor, W.T. Carter
Treasuer, S.A. Cornahan
Coroner, W.C. Croy
Surveyor, W.A. Partney
Sup't.Schools, E.C. Kearbey
C. P. Turley
Foreman, W.Z. Gossett

Some History of the Area:
Van Buren, settled as the seat of Ripley County, organized, 1833, became the seat of Carter County when it was organized from parts of Ripley and Shannon counties, 1859.

Nearby Big Spring State Park, 4582 acres of Ozark grandeur, founded, 1924, features the natural beauty of the largest single-orifice, fresh water spring in the U.S.

Now Bis Spring is Federal and part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways protected area.

During the Civil War the Union Army of Southeast Missouri wintered in the area, 1862-63. The Snider House, west of town, is the site of one of several skirmishes.
Carter County, whose main industries are lumbering and recreation, is almost evenly divided by Current River. Called La Rivière Courante by early French trappers, it has long been a highway and food source for the area. Early Indians found it attractive, for 36 villages and camps have been found in the area. Thousands of logs came down the river to nearby Chicopee in the 1890's and early 1900's, during the lumbering boom.

The natural forest resource of the area is being restored through local, state, and national effort. Much of Carter County lies in Clark National Forest, founded, 1933-37. Clark National Forest combined with Mark Twain National Forest in 1976.

Year Built: 1936

Current Use of Building: Courthouse

Level of Courts: County

Architect: WPA Project No. 168

Dates this building was used to house judicial proceedings: 1936 to present

Physical Address:
105 Main St., Van Buren, MO 63965

Related Website: [Web Link]

Hours: Not listed

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