Willennar Genealogy Center’s collection is full of Throwback Thursday potential, so let’s get our #TBT on!
Did you know the current DeKalb County Courthouse is actually courthouse #3?
The 1st DeKalb County Courthouse was a simple frame-style building, built in Auburn in 1843. Two decades later, measurements were taken for a new courthouse, and the original building was moved 40 feet north to make room for the new one. In 1864, a man named Daniel Altenburg bought the original courthouse, removed the valuables, and then burned it to celebrate the end of the Civil War.
This is a photo of the 2nd courthouse (built in 1864) and jail (built in 1875). It was demolished in 1910 to make way for a new courthouse, and a temporary court was set up in a building on E. 8th Street. Unfortunately, a fire in 1913 destroyed that building, and many records from the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court were lost.
This is an architect’s drawing of the current DeKalb County Courthouse before its construction. It was built by J. B. Goodall of Peru, Indiana, in the style of modern ionic Greek architecture.
To see more of the courthouses (and their constructions/demolitions) in the collection, click here and search “JMS Courthouse.”
-By Genealogy Intern Chelsea