LAMAR, MO.--- The Barton County Courthouse celebrates more than a century of being the centerpiece of the Lamar square. The foundation was laid in 1888 and the courthouse opened a year later.
"Cornerstone is the beginning, of course, of building a building. And its been here that long and we just thought that it would be a good time to commemorate that," said Pauletta Orahood, Barton County Historical Society Vice President.
Barton County Historical Society Vice President Pauletta Orahood says it's rare for a historical building to last more than 100 years.
"A lot of buildings burn on their square or something happens to them and they have to be demolished, and this is one building that county commission has taken care of over the years," said Orahood.
It took one year to build a full basement, 17 rooms on the first floor and 10 rooms on the second floor.
"It cost a little over 32,000 dollars to build it in 1888, you can't build much for that now," said Orahood.
Despite its age, you won't see a historical marker outside of it.
"It had a large cupola that they decided to take off in 1920. Because they changed the roofline, it can't be registered as a historical sight," said Orahood.
Orahood tells us the Barton County Courthouse has been the face of "home" for residents for 125 years.
"Its served our community well," said Orahood.
Unlike most old buildings, the Barton County Courthouse has no haunted stories, just a lot of history.
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