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Scott County

Scott County is named for John Guier Scott, who was a United States Representative from Missouri.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Cape Giradeau County

E – Alexander County, Illinois

S – Mississippi County and New Madrid County

W – Stoddart County


Created:  December 28, 1821                Map of Missouri highlighting Scott County

County Seat: 

Benton         1822 – 1863

Commerce   1863 – 1878

Benton         1878 – present


County Courthouse – Benton  


Location:  131 South Winchester Street / Twappity Street

Built:  1911 – 1913

Style:  Beaux Arts and Federalist

Architect:  Henry H Hohenschild

Contractor:  J W McCarthy of McCarty Construction Company


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Benton and is “T” shaped. The east front has three rectangular entrance on the first story. Above are six white colored columns which rise to a wide header at the top of the third story with recessed windows behind. The north and south wings are lower. The building has terra cotta trim. In the interior, a large lobby allows access to hallways to each wing and a broad staircase leading to the court anteroom and upper floors. The primary public spaces, entrance lobby and hallways, have marble floors, plaster walls and high ceilings. Simple, wide wood moldings surround the doors and transoms. The most ornate space is the courtroom that has classical detailing on the woodwork and judge’s bench. The large courtroom has two story ceilings and a balcony for a visitor’s gallery. Woodwork over the doors and windows resembles classical entablatures with projecting cornice, plain freeze, and simple architrave. The focal point of the courtroom is a recessed alcove containing the judge’s bench. Surrounding the alcove are faux marble painted pilasters between which is a wide arch supported by decorative brackets. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 33rd Judicial Circuit.


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


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Scott County Courthouse


See:  The courthouse is similar to the courthouse in Pemiscot County.


County Judicial Building – Benton  



Location:  131 New Madrid Street / Twappity Street

Built:  1977 -1978

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Waters & Associates

Contractor:  Bridger Construction Company


Description:  The building faces east and is a one story light red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Benton on the west side of the courthouse. The east front has a recessed center section with four narrow columns rising to a wide header. The roof line is flat. The building is located on the west side of the courthouse.


See:  The 33rd Judicial Circuit includes Mississippi County and Scott County


History:  The county was created in 1821 and Benton was selected as the county seat in 1822. The first courthouse was a log structure built in 1820 and became the courthouse in 1822. The courthouse was razed and the second courthouse was a brick structure built in 1844. The third courthouse was a frame structure built in 1855. The county seat was moved to Commerce in 1863 during the Civil War. The fourth courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1863. The county seat was moved back to Benton in 1878 and the fifth courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1883. The courthouse was demolished in 1912. The sixth and present courthouse was constructed in 1911 to 1913 at a cost between $100,000 and $140,000. The County Justice Center was constructed in 1977 to 1978.



County Courthouse – Benton









County Circuit Court courtroom











County Judicial Building – Benton



Photos taken 2009