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Laclede County

Laclede County is named for Pierre Laclede, who was the founder of St. Louis.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Camden County

E – Pulaski County and Texas County

S – Wright County and Webster County

W – Dallas County


Created:  February 24, 1849                  Map of Missouri highlighting Laclede County

County Seat:

Lebanon  1949 – present


County Government Center – Lebanon  


Location:  200 North Adams Avenue / East 2nd Street

Built:  1924 – 1925

Style:  Federalist

Architect:  Earl Hawkins of Springfield

Contractor:  M E Gillioz of Monett.


Description: The building faces southwest and is a three story red colored brick, Carthage stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Lebanon and 100 feet by 63 feet. On the first story are brick arches surrounding the windows. A wide stone header runs above the second story on the southwest side. The roof line is flat. In the interior there is a large lobby on the first and second stories at the center of the south west side. There are four County Circuit Court courtrooms located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit of 26th Judicial Circuit. On the northwest side, a new addition was added in 1997. The architect was Abend Singleton Associates Inc. and the contractor was DeWitt Associates Inc. In 2023, the exterior of the building is being altered. The architect is Paragon Architecture of Springfield and the contractor is DeWitt Associates Inc.


Note:  The old County Jail in front of the County Government Center was demolished August 4, 2021 due to safety issues.


See:  The architect, Earl Hawkins designed courthouses in Howell County, Ozark County and Webster County.


See:  The 26th Judicial Circuit includes Camden County, Laclede County. Miller CountyMoniteau County and Morgan County.


History:  The county was created in 1849 and Lebanon was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built by A S Cherry under the supervision of John J Thrailkill in 1850 to 1851. The second courthouse was designed by William F Schrage and the contractor was S J Hyde and Company of Kansas 1894 at a cost of $20,000. The building burned on February 28, 1920. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1924 to 1925 at a cost of $72,428.



County Government Center – Lebanon





Original 1925 courthouse section





Before the Old County Jail was demolished

















County Circuit Court courtroom 















Exterior expansion 2023



Old County Jail demolished 2021 – Lebanon







Photos taken 2009 and 2023