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Polk County

Polk County is names for James Knox Polk, who was the eleventh President of the United States of America.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – St. Clair County and Hickory County

E – Dallas County

S – Greene County

W – Dade County and Cedar County


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

County Seat:

Bolivar  1835 – present


County Courthouse – Bolivar  


Location:  102 East Broadway / North Main Avenue

Built:  1906 – 1907

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  Robert G Kirsch of Kirsch and Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Contractor:   Atlas Construction Company of St. Louis


Description: The building faces north and is a three story course stone and concrete structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Bolivar. The north front has a projecting portico with large arch at the entrance on the second story. Above the portico is a balcony on the second story with large arched window and rising to a third story dormer with peaked roof. Each corner has a square stone tower with domed roof. On the center of the roof is a square stone clock tower with steep roof and the statue of Justice at the top. In the interior, the stairs have wood railings. The large County Circuit Court courtroom is located along the west side of the third story. On the northeast side of the third story is a small courtroom. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 30th Judicial Circuit. 


See:  The architect, Robert Geoege Kirsch designed courthouses in Missouri in Adair CountyCarroll CountyCooper County and Vernon County, in Texas in Hemphill County and Randall Countyand in Wisconsin in Oconto County and Waukesha County.


See:  The 30th Judicial Circuit includes Benton CountyDallas CountyHickory CountyPolk County and Webster County.


History:  The county was created in 1835 and Bolivar was selected as the county seat. The first courts met in private homes. The first courthouse was built under the direction of William Jamison in 1837 at the corner of the square. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure built under the supervision of William Jameson in 1839 to 1841. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1906 to 1907 at a cost of $41,950.




County Courthouse – Bolivar

















County Circuit Court courtroom

















County Circuit Court small courtroom







Picture 1841 County Courthouse

Photos taken 2009 and 2023