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June 14, 2016

Warrensburg, Johnson County, UCM History - Pictures Past and Present - Missouri

1910 Johnson County Missouri Courthouse
Ma Browns - Brown's Q-S Lunch
112 Hout Street
Warrensburg, Missouri
AKA Old Barney's Today
Old Barney's Today Google Streetview
112 Hout Street
Warrensburg, Missouri

1972 List of Bars and Liquour Stores
Warrensburg, Missouri

The White House Store, Northeast corner of the courthouse square.
Leslie Hutchens, Warrensburg, Missouri
First Johnson County Courthouse in Missouri, 1876 it was a private residence.
Today it is part of the Johnson County Missouri Historical Society
304 North Main Street, Warrensburg, Missouri
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Dockery Gymnasium, not the Court House, Warrensburg, MO
The Dea Peak Teacher's Agency, 500 S. Holden St. Warrensburg, MO

Gypsy Day at Boyle's Store, Warrensburg, MO North Holden Street

Theodore Shock's Garage and Automobile Salesroom, West Culton, St, Warrensburg, MO

Coach Clarence Whiteman, Warrensburg, MO

Looking East From Old Town Main Street to Warrensburg, Mo - History  1890's
St. Cloud Hotel, Holden St at Culton, 1890's Warrensburg, Mo - History
West Pine Street, 1890's Warrensburg, Mo History
South Methodist Church, Warrensburg, Mo History
Reese Elementary
Methodist Church
Hart's Cafe
Li'l Duffer
Mural on Gay St at Holden
Sedalia Army Airfield

UCM Chapel on Campus Warrensburg, MO

F. C. Cheatham Groceries Coin, Warrensburg, MO
Russell Brothers Clothing Co. Promotional Coin, 1920's Warrensburg, MO

L. S. Neff Photographer Artist, Warrensburg, MO

Hinckel and Son Photographer, Warrensburg,
Knob Noster, Missouri High S Baseball Team 1890's

William A. VanSlyke, Co F 50th Missouri

Warrensburg Marble and Granite Works, Missouri 1890's

Home Guards, State Normal College of Warrensburg #2, Missouri

Commercial Hotel Rates Warrensburg, Missouri  Daily and Weekly Rates 1915

Pertle Springs Railroad

West Pine Street, Warrensburg, Missouri 1890's - History

Riggle's Restaurant, Warrensburg, MO  Buente Town, College Plaza

Coach Earl Keth, UCM; Warrensburg, MO

Marr's Drug Store, Downtown, Warrensburg, MO ca 1900

Vernon Kennedy, America's Greatest Athlete, Penn Relays Parade, Warrensburg, MO 1927

Commercial Hotel, Martin Hotel, Warrensburg Business College, MO  102 South Holden Street
The White House Store, Courthouse Square, Warrensburg, MO ca 1900

100 Block, North Holden Street, Warrensburg, MO  1950's

Howard School, Warrensburg, Missouri 1960?

100 Block North Holden Street, Warrensburg, MO 1880's

Kemper Home, Warrensburg, MO ca 1910

Vernaz Drug, the old store, before it collapsed after a train passed behind it.  

Hout Natatorium, Warrensburg, MO

C. P. Lobboan Athletic Goods and Boston Candy Factory, Warrensburg, MO 1890's

Warrensburg Lodge Elk's Parade 1903, North Holden Street, Missouri

Ewing's Barbecue Meats, Warrensburg, MO

Bolton House, Warrensburg, MO  1840's construction
Magnolia Rolling Mills, Warrensburg, Missouri

John Nace, Warrensburg, MO High School Yearbook 

Archie Matthews, Bill Bob Dyer, Wayne Saunders, Don Downing, Bruce Achauer, Charles Morley, Keith Schreiman, James Everly, Ward Bense, Football Warrensbug Missouri Tigers

Brandy, United Entertainment Productions, Warrensburg, Missouri

Johnny Nace, Jim Nace, Dave Nace, Mick Luehrman
Bodies Flip City, Warrensburg, MO

Warrensburg Missouri Kindergarten 1960-61
Mrs. Muchmore AM Kindergarten
Mr. Bartholomew

The Old Johnson County Courthouse

On the Old Town Square in Warrensburg remains the only surviving example of one of the most popular nineteenth century courthouse designs in Missouri.  The Old Johnson County Courthouse still stands at its original location on North Main Street and through restoration efforts retains much of its Federal style. 
Only four years after Johnson County was created, in 1838, construction was started on the building.  William N. Wade was awarded the building contract and Harvey Dyer was designated the supervisor of construction.  Martin Warren, for whom the town is named, originally owned the property on which the courthouse sits.  One of the three commissioners who chose the site was Daniel Morgan Boone, son of Daniel Boone.
The initial $2500 appropriation was not enough to execute the original plan.  To begin with, the plan called for a 44-by-36 foot, two-story brick building with three doors and a cupola (dome-like structure placed on the roof top).  Lack of funds required the base to be modified to a 36 foot square and the anticipated cupola was never built. 
After a prolonged construction period, the court accepted the building on July 28, 1842.  Additional funding brought the final cost of the Old Courthouse to $2800.  The entire first story with its brick floor housed the court and the wooden-floored second story contained offices.  The exterior of the building was originally red brick, but was covered with buff-colored stucco in 1867.
The courthouse served as a federal garrison during the Civil War and was the center of Johnson County government activity until the railroad came to Warrensburg in 1864.  Most of the business district slowly moved several blocks east toward the depot and ultimately a new courthouse was built in that neighborhood.  Near the end of its use as a courthouse in 1870, the Old Drum trial took place, during which George Graham Vest delivered his classic speech, Eulogy of the Dog PDF file.
After 1871, the Old Courthouse was used as a school, a church, a courthouse again for a year, and finally a private residence during which time it was repeatedly remodeled.  In 1965, the Johnson County Historical Society purchased the property and began restoration and preservation efforts guided by the original specifications. 
Once again furnished as a courthouse with original items supplemented by period pieces, the building has been restored to its 1870 appearance.  The plaque commemorating Vest’s famous speech remains at the entrance to the Old Courthouse.
The building is now part of the Johnson County Historical Society museum complex and is available for tours.  The Old Johnson County Courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places.