Appanoose County Courthouse
courthouse in Appanoose county was not only a courthouse, but also a storeroom
and a blacksmith's shop. The judge had to use the store's counter for the
true courthouse was built in 1848 for $160 in the city of Centerville. After
only ten years, this building was outgrown and court was held in the Methodist
and Presbyterian churches while a second courthouse was constructed.
courthouse, a two-story, brick building, was considerably more expensive-
$23,000. It was declared unsafe and condemned after 33 years of service.
and present courthouse was completed in 1904. The architectural style is
Romanesque. From the center of this Bedford stone building rises a tall tower
with a four-faced clock on it. The clock went through major repairs in 1936 and
again n 1975 when it was struck by lightening.