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Wright County

Wright County is named for Silas Wright, a Governor of New York.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Laclede County

E – Texas County

S – Douglas County

W – Webster County


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

County Seat:

Hartville  1841 – present


County Courthouse – Hartville  


Location:  125 Court Square / Main Street

Built:  1964 – 1965

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Roger Frangkiser of Frangkiser & Hutchens of Kansas City

Contractor:  E R Smith of S & S Construction


Description: The building faces east and is a two story buff colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Hartville. The east front has a projecting north wing and south wing. The center section has glass panels with metal dividers. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the large County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the north side of the second story. There is also a small courtroom on the south side of the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 44th Judicial Circuit. 


See:  The 44th Judicial Circuit includes Douglas CountyOzark County and Wright County


History:  The county was created in 1841 and Hartville was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was designed by built by John H Hight and built by William C Young in 1849. The building was burned in 1862. The second courthouse was burned and rebuilt after 1863. The third and present courthouse was constructed by Rader & Huffman in 1898 and demolished in 1964. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $279,950.



County Courthouse – Hartville

















County Circuit Court courtroom











County Circuit Court small courtroom









Picture Second County Courthouse





Photos taken 2009 and 2023