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Mike Watson places era of old Courthouse photo in mid-1930s

Doors of courthouse were frequently taken down in warm weather to allow air circulation; notes Greensburg Street entrance was shorter. But he has not found a date on the addition of the additional office and storage space nor when it was taken away
Comments on Favorite Old Photo: Early Adair County Courthouse

By MIke Watson

This is a wonderful photograph of the Courthouse and a large portion of the Public Square. It is difficult to date the photo, but most likely in the mid-1930s. As for there being no doors, there was a time when the doors were taken down in warm weather to better allow air to circulate through the offices. I do not know, however, about the fan windows over the doors, they may have been removed at the same time to avoid damage.

The added room on the Courthouse corner is not often seen in photos as most familiar ones are/were from the front or Jamestown Street side. The addition was built for additional office and storage space, then later taken away. I have not found dates for it.

Also, notice that the old Greensburg entrance was considerably closer to traffic, the sidewalk being quite short and there were then steps just as at the Jamestown entrance, though not so many.

The white washed tree trunk was a tradition in towns across the nation from the time of the Civil War, continuing until the 1950s in some places. That is the corner where Mr. Garnett Young had built the Young Rexall Drug Store in 1950.

The arch next to the Bank of Coumbia is the Rialto front.

Jim recently had an item about Judge Baker having the old plaster taken from the courtroom ceiling. Shortly after this, the tin ceilings were installed, in time for the March term of court that year.


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Favorite Old Photo: Early Adair County Courthouse

2011-11-23 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo from the collection of Larry Smith.
Those of you who remember Larry Smith, - who has been high hatting us lately, giving us the big egg - will be happy to see that he has fully redeemed himself with the submission of this classic Adair County Courthouse photograph. The caption is in progress. We need help. Our experts can only recognize Robert's Bank, on the right; the courthouse itself, and where Photo Video now is, but was then just a white washed tree on an grassy lot. The arch by the bank appears to be the Rialto Theatre. Please send help by calling 270-250-2730 or 384-3979 or use any Contact/Submit button. Contact Larry Smith at the WAVE WHVE radio 92.7 FM, this morning, at 270-384-7979. Tell him he is forgiven for high hatting CM, but not to let it happen again or he can be reported to Shoreline CEO Mike Harris; Alan W. Reed, who taught him all he knows; or even higher, his neighbor Martha Berry. -EW

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