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Carroll County

Carroll County is named for Charles Carroll, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and who resided in Carrollton.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Jo Daviess County and Stephenson County

E – Ogle County

S – Whiteside County

W – Clinton County, Iowa and Jackson County, Iowa 

 

Created:  February 22, 1839                                                      Map of Illinois highlighting Carroll County

County Seat:

Savanna         1839 – 1843

Mount Carroll  1843 – present

 

County Courthouse – Mount Carroll

 

Location:  301 North Main Street / East Market Street

Built:  1856 – 1858

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  William B Olmsted and Peter A  Nicholson of Chicago

Contractor:  Locan labor

 

Description: The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Mount Carroll on the north side of the Courthouse Complex which has the County Courthouse Annex on the iouth side and a building with portico in the center. The foundation is constructed of course stone. The upper windows are arched and the roof is hipped. In the interior are wooden stairs and wood trim. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 15th Judicial Circuit. On the south side is a two story red colored brick building with a large portico on the west front supported by four large white columns constructed in 1958.

 

Note:  The courthouse was repaired and completed in 1858 to 1860 by William T Miller and Jacob P Emmert with stone mason James Watson and brick layers James Hallet and B H Hallet.

 

County Courthouse Annex – Mount Carroll

 

 

Location:  301 North Main Street / East Market Street

Built:  1895

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  George O Garney

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description: The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building faces west and was completed in 1895. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Mount Carroll on the south side of the Courthouse Complex. The building has an arched entrance topped by a slanted stone roof. The base of the building is course stone. Horizontal bands of light stone divide the floors and edge the windows.

 

See:  The 15th Judicial Circuit includes Jo Daviess County, Lee CountyOgle County and Stephenson County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1839 and Savanna was selected as the county seat. In 1843, the county seat was moved to Mount Carroll. The county rented premises until the first and present courthouse was constructed in 1856 to 1860 at a cost of $30,500.

 

 

County Courthouse – north section – Mount Caroll

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Courthouse – middle section – Mount Caroll

 

 

County Courthouse  Annex – south section – Mount Caroll

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2007