Butler County Courthouse

Butler County Courthouse (HMIZZ)

Location: Hamilton, OH 45011 Butler County
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N 39° 23.99', W 84° 33.775'

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Butler County was created on March 24, 1803, about three weeks after Ohio became a state. Hamilton won the competition for the county seat, thanks to Israel Ludlow, Hamilton's founder. Ludlow's donation of the public square secured the county seat. The first Butler County trial court met in July 1803 in a tavern before moving to a two-story military building located at what had been Fort Hamilton (1791-1796). The county built the first courthouse on this public square in 1810. The two-story stone building contained a jail on the first floor and a courtroom on the upper level. A new brick two-story courthouse was built on this square in 1817 at a cost of $10,000. A four-sided clock was added to the top of the building in 1837.
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A cupola topped the 1817 courthouse, giving the building a total height of 110 feet. A bell inside the cupola signaled the start of court and public occasions and warned of emergencies. The courthouse was used until 1885 when it was demolished to make way for the present courthouse, the third on this site. Its cornerstone was placed on October 29, 1885. The $305,000 four-story structure, with a similar four-sided clock that had been on the former courthouse, was completed and occupied on February 4, 1889. The courthouse, which has experienced several cosmetic alterations, has survived fire, flood, and many storms. Three Hamilton firefighters died in a fire in the tower on March 14, 1912. The courthouse was a temporary morgue when more than 200 people died in the area in the 1913 flood, March 25-26.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number22-9
Year Placed2003
Placed ByButler County Commissioners, Courthouse Restoration Committee, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 12:37am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 709850 N 4363981
Decimal Degrees39.39983333, -84.56291667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 23.99', W 84° 33.775'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 23' 59.40" N, 84° 33' 46.50" W
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Area Code(s)513
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 135 High St, Hamilton OH 45011, US
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