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Pike County

Pike County is named for Zebulon Pike, who was the discoverer of Pikes Peak, and who lived from 1779 to 1813.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Martin County and Mingo County, West Virginia

E – Mingo County, West Virginia and Buchanan County, Virginia

S – Buchanan County, Virginia, Dickenson County, Virginia and Letcher County

W – Knott County and Floyd County


Created:  December 19, 1821                Map of Kentucky highlighting Pike County

County Seat: 

Liberty                             1821 – 1823

Peach Orchard Bottom   1823 – 1827

Piketon                            1827 – 1881

Pikeville                           1881 – present


County Courthouse – Pikeville 


Location:  146 Main Street / Division Street

Built:  1888 – 1889

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  H P McDonald Brothers of Louisville

Contractor:  James Hatcher


Description:  The building faces northwest and is a three story buff colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Pikeville and the north front has an arched entrance in the center with part square pillars rising to a peaked roof. The first story has horizontal lined brickwork and the second and third stories have a light colored brick construction. A decorative cornice is along the roof line. On the center of the west side, a large square tower rises with a clock and smaller square cupola on top. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building was renovated  and an addition added in 1932 and 1933. The architect was Levi J Dean of Huntington, West Virginia and the contractor was Joe H Justice and Albert S Johnson.


See:  The architect H P McDonald and Brothers of Louisville, Kentucky.


Note:  The courthouse was the scene of the Hatfield clan trials in 1889 for the murder of Tolbert Randolph Jr., Phamer Alifair and Calvin McCoy.


County Hall of Justice – Pikeville 



Location:  172 Division Street / Main Street

Built:  1988 – 1989

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Chrisman, Miller and Woodford

Contractor:  Alliance Corporation


Description:  The building faces northwest and is a three story yellow colored concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Pikeville on the east side of the courthouse. The west front has a wide portico with red colored tile roof. On the roof is a circular center section with raised section behind. The building is named as the Hall of Justice. In 2006 the building was renovated and an addition added. The architect was CMW Inc. and the contractor was Codell Construction Company.


County Judicial Center – Pikeville 



Location:  169 Main Street / Division Street

Built:  2010 – 2013

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Sherman Carter Barnhart LLC of Lexington

Contractor:  Codell Construction Company of Winchester


Description:  The building faces north and is a four story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Pikeville to the northwest of the courthouse and the north front has a projecting one story glass enclosed portico. The building is tired with on story sections and two story sections behind. Above the north entrance, the building rises to a hipped roof with vertical windows and square cupola at the top.


See:  The contractor was Codell Construction Company of Winchester which company constructed many courthouse in Kentucky ( see  Louisville ).


History:  The county was created in 1821 and Liberty was selected as the county seat. The first court met at the home of Spencer Atkins in 1822. The county seat moved to Peach Orchard Bottom in 1823 and the first courthouse was erected in 1824. Name changed in 1827 to Piketon and in 1881 to Pikesville. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1888 to 1889. The County Hall of Justice was constructed in 1988 to 1989. The County Judicial Center was constructed in 2010 to 2013.



County Courthouse – Pikeville





































County Hall of Justice – Pikeville













County Judicial Center – Pikeville















Photos taken 2007, 2014 and 2018