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Shannon County

Shannon County is named for George Shannon who was a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Dent County

E – Reynolds County and Carter County 

S – Oregon County 

W – Howell County and Texas County


Created:  January 29, 1841                    Map of Missouri highlighting Shannon County

County Seat:

Round Spring  1841 – 1868

Eminence          1868 – present


County Courthouse – Eminence


Location:  201 Main Street / Pine Street

Built:  1939 – 1941

Style:  Art Deco / Federalist

Architect:  Dan R Sanford of Springfield

Contractor:  G A Norton of Springfield


Description: The building faces east and is a three story red colored brick veneer, stone, steel and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Eminence. The east front has a projecting center section rising two stories with stone facing at the entrance and rising to the top of the second story. On the corners are slightly projecting pillars with stone at the top. The building has a flat roof. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 37th Judicial Circuit. 


See:  The 37th Judicial Circuit includes Carter County, Howell County, Oregon County and Shannon County.


History:  The county was created in 1841 and Round Spring was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was hewn-log structure built in 1845 at a cost of $75. The building was destroyed by fire during the Civil War. The county seat was moved to Eminence in 1868. The second courthouse was a square shaped weather board structure built in 1869 by William Orchard and T R Dunvas of Thomasville at a cost of $3,000. The structure was destroyed by fire on December 31, 1871. The third courthouse was a two story frame structure built in 1871. In 1895 the building was damaged by arson. The fourth courthouse was a two story structure designed by Henry H Hohenschild and built by R M Beatty in 1899 to 1900 at a cost of $5,000. The building was destroyed by fire on May 23, 1938. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1939 to 1941 at a cost of $77,500.



County Courthouse – Eminence 





Photos taken 2009