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Clearfield County

Clearfield County is named for the fields cleared by logging.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Elk County and Cameron County

E – Clinton County and Centre County

S – Cambria County

W – Indiana County and Jefferson County

 

Created:  March 26. 1804                       Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Clearfield County

County Seat:

Clearfield  1804 – present

 

County Courthouse – Clearfield  

 

Location:  230 East Market Street / Healy Avenue

Built:  1860 – 1862

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  George Thorn of Thorn and Burchfield of Clearfield

Contractor:  George Thorn of Thorn and Burchfield of Clearfield

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located in the center of Clearfield. The west front of the rectangular shaped building has a large projecting clock tower with an arch on the first story and rising six stories to a mansard roof. There is a one story porch on either side of the central clock tower with three arches. Heavy dentils line the boxed cornices and returns and the foundation is stone. The roof is sloped with gables. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas. In 1882, an addition was added to the building. In 1882 to i884 an addition was constructed at the rear of the courthouse. The contractor was Thorn and Burchfield of Clearfield. On the east side is a modern addition.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Clearfield County Courthouise

 

History:  The county was created in 1804 and Clearfield was selected as the county seat. The county was under the jurisdiction of Centre County for judicial purposes until 1822. The first courthouse was built by Robert Collins at 2nd Street and Market Street in 1814 at a cost of $4,356. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1860 to 1862 at a cost of $13,960. The 1882 addition was constructed at a cost of $35,897.

 

 

County Courthouse – Clearfield 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Offices – Clearfield

Photos taken 2011