Set in Stone

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Courthouse proof of county's grit

  • The exterior of the Hopkins County Courthouse
    The exterior of the Hopkins County Courthouse
  • The second floor courtroom, which now houses the 62nd District presided over by Judge Clay Harrison, was once a gathering place for all measure of county life, including lectures, concerts and trials. Staff photo by Taylor Nye
    The second floor courtroom, which now houses the 62nd District presided over by Judge Clay Harrison, was once a gathering place for all measure of county life, including lectures, concerts and trials. Staff photo by Taylor Nye
  • A metal spiral staircase that leads to the roof clock tower was purchased from a Sears-Roebuck catalogue. Interestingly, the clock tower contains no clock, by design of the original county commissioners. Staff photo by Taylor Nye
    A metal spiral staircase that leads to the roof clock tower was purchased from a Sears-Roebuck catalogue. Interestingly, the clock tower contains no clock, by design of the original county commissioners. Staff photo by Taylor Nye
When one thinks of Hopkins County, the mind no doubt jumps to the Hopkins County courthouse. Completed in red granite and pink sandstone, the five-story Romanesque revival structure by James Reily Gordon towers over the surrounding landscape. On Aug. 22, the historical landmark will celebrate its 125th anniversary of completion as a proud testament to the enduring spirit of its county folk. …

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