Chickasaw County Courthouse: Houston

Chickasaw County is one of ten counties in Mississippi with dual county seats.  The Classical Revival courthouse designed by architect R. H. Hunt & Company was built in 1909 (MDAH/HRI).  Hunt designed a large number of churches, higher education buildings, pubic facilities, and several courthouses in Mississippi during his prolific career.  The yellow sandstone columns frame the main entrance ((Floyd Ingram, Chickasaw Journal, in “Two courthouses, one history in Chickasaw County,” retrieved December 18, 2012 from  Two courthouses were established as the county, created in 1836 from the Chickasaw Cession of 1830 (, was separated by the Chuquatonchee Creek and heavy rains prevented travel between Okolona and Houston (Ingram).

clock tower

The clock chimes hourly, twenty-four hours a day, and the clock tower is topped by a gold-gilded eagle facing east (Ingram).  County Clerk Wanda Sweeney said, “…the records only go back to 1870” (Ingram).  During the Civil War, the records were loaded onto a wagon for removal–presumably for safe-keeping–and while fleeing the county, the wagon was captured and burned by Union soldiers (Sweeney, as cited in Ingram).

flag pole

north elevation

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4 Responses to Chickasaw County Courthouse: Houston

  1. Libba says:

    Some old records were recently discovered in a sealed closet and are in storage with the Chickasaw Historical & Genealogical Society. These records are indexed but not in alphabetical order.


  2. Pat_H says:

    I love these old courthouses. Seeing that this one was in Houston, I went to see if it was the same old style one I photographed downtown a couple of years ago here; but I see that it isn’t. Very similar style though.


  3. Pat_H says:

    Oops, I saw “Houston”, and thought “Houston Texas”. No wonder it wasn’t the same one. This isn’t Texas.


    • Suzassippi says:

      Ha Ha–yes I love all the places with the same name different geography. My colleague mentioned a student lived in Houston last week, and I said, “I assume you mean the one in Mississippi and not Texas.” I lived my entire life in Texas until 15 years ago. I have photographed a lot of Texas courthouses, too. 🙂


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