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Barry County

Barry County is named for William Taylor Barry, who was a jurist and the United States Postmaster General.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Lawrence County

E – Stone County

S – Carroll County, Arkansas and Benton County, Arkansas

W – McDonald County and Newton County


Created:  January 5, 1835                      Map of Missouri highlighting Barry County

County Seat:

Mount Pleasant  1835 – 1839

McDowell            1839 – 1845

Cassville             1845 – present


County Courthouse – Cassville


Location:  700 Main Street / West 7th Street

Built:  1913 – 1914

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Henry H Hohenschild

Contractor:  Hamley Hanson of St. Louis


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story stone veneer and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Cassville and is 84 feet by 100 feet. The south front has a projecting center section with two large columns rising to the top of the second story with a wide header which extends above the flat roof line. Cornices run below the roof line and below the first story windows. On the north side, a five window bay extends from the building and houses the former courtroom. In the interior is the Grand Lobby off the south entrance. Stairs ascend to the second story which has a central skylight above the two story atrium. The former courtroom which is now the County Commissioners Meeting Room, is located on the north side of the Grand Lobby and is 53 feet wide and 55 feet long. There iused to be a galley for spectators on the second story. 


See:  The architect, Henry H Hohenschild, also designed courthouses in Christian CountyOsage County, Pemiscot CountyPike CountyPulaski County,  Scott County and Washington County.


County Judicial Center – Cassville



Location:  102 West Street / West 1st Street

Built:  2001 – 2003

Style:  Modern

Architect:  R E Smith Construction Company of Joplin

Contractor:  R E Smith Construction Company of Joplin


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the south of the center of Cassville. The entrance is located at the south end of the east front and has a canopy and high white colored section which rises above the roof line. The southeast corner is red colored concrete. The center of the east front is recessed with vertical concrete dividers. The roof line is flat. In the interior, a two story atrium runs along the southeast side. Stairs ascend to the second story where three County Circuit Court courtrooms are located along the northwest side of the Building. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 39th Judicial Circuit. The building was renovated in 2016. The architect was R E Werner.


See:  The 39th Judicial Circuit includes Barry County, Lawrence County and Stone County.


History:  The county was created in 1835 and Mount Pleasant was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in Mount Pleasant in 1837. The county seat was moved to McDowell in 1839 and then to Cassville in 1845. The second courthouse was a frame structure built in Cassville in 1846 to 1847 for a cost of $510 with John O Burton as superintendent. The third courthouse was a two story brick structure built by William Young and Abner Neely for $4,995 in 1855 to 1858. The building was razed in 1910. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1913 to 1914 at a cost of $45,720. The County Judicial Center was constructed in 2001 to 2003.



County Courthouse – Cassville

























County Commissioners Meeting Room, ( former courtroom )











Picture 1855 County Courthouse



County Judicial Center – Cassville











County Circuit Court courtroom









County Circuit Court courtroom











County Circuit Court courtroom



Photos taken 2009 and 2023