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Built in 1898, the historic Gasconade County Courthouse sits prominently on a hill overlooking the Missouri River. The two-story Neo-Classical building features a large central dome and four small ones at each corner of the structure. Other notable features include arched windows, and Corinthian columns. A large limestone staircase leads from the southern side of the building to the 1st Street. Local merchant Charles D. Eitzen left $50,000 in his will for the building. The courthouse is therefore unique in that it is believed to the be only courthouse in the country built using private funds. The courthouse is a contributing property of the Historic Hermann District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


  • The Gasconade County Courthouse was built in 1898.
"Gasconade County Courthouse." The Historical Marker Database. Accessed June 4, 2019. https://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=58712.

Ohman, Marian M. "Gasconade County Courthouse." University of Missouri. Accessed June 4, 2019.  https://extension2.missouri.edu/ued6036.

Raiche, Stephen J. "Hermann Historic District." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. February 1, 1972.  https://catalog.archives.gov/OpaAPI/media/63818841/content/electronic-records/rg-079/NPS_MO/72000712.pdf.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gasconade_County,_Missouri#/media/File:Gasconade_Co_Courthouse_20150830_118-129.jpg.