government buildings

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The Court House
 and Court Street
Court House
 & City Hall
Mason County Courthouse
and Presbyterian Church 
Thanks! to Regina
Stewart for this image


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Mason County Courthouse

Mason County Courthouse,
circa 1910

Mason County Court
House, March 30, 1941

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The Courthouse, and the area around it (pdf) are on the National Register of Historic Places.


“A criminal at the present term of the Circuit Court, on being asked by the judge if he had
anything to offer in his defense said: ‘No. He had five dollars, but his lawyer took that.’”
Courier-Journal, November 10, 1873, reprinting an item from the Maysville Bulletin


“Lizzie Moore, Kate Bower and Fannie Washington, young colored girls, were arrested for jostling white women off the sidewalks and street crossings.  The judge ordered their mothers to spank them.”  Maysville news, reprinted in the Warsaw Independent, August 18, 1906

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Mason County Government Buildings 

Mason County Court House. 1912

Thanks to Paul Gallenstein for more info on this one: “The first building on the left is the current Sheriffs' Office  (the one with the small balcony), the building next to it is the  County Clerks and Circuit Clerks Offices,  the building next  to it is the Court House ( the one with the clock on top),  and the building next to it is the First Presbyterian Church.”
Charles Curran's poetic tribute to the Old Town clock, is here. (pdf)
“There was no clock maker in Maysville when the courthouse was built and until 1850 the town was without a town clock. In that year Maysville purchased a clock built by a Flemingsburg blacksmith. It had been built for the courthouse in Fleming County, but when the Fiscal Court of that county refused to pay the price he asked, it was purchased by Mason County. He made the parts of the clock almost entirely out of wood and that he did his work well is attested by the fact that the clock was in operation, and by it housewives set the clocks in their homes, and it was the official time of the city. Exposure to the weather affected the clock and for the past year it has not run.” Cincinnati Times-Star, April 25, 1940
...and as we understand the history of the Mason County Court House, it was built when Washington was still the county seat.  Evidently there were some fairly powerful politicians who wanted it moved, so they had an election.  They lost; the people voted to keep it in Washington.  And the powers that wanted it moved said, “Wait, we did it wrong, let's try it again.”  So they had another election.  And they lost again.  At that point, they went to the legislature and had the State officially dictate the change of the county seat to Maysville.
The First Election The Second Election The dictate.

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Mason County Government Buildings Sheriff's Office
1910   1969

Mason County Jail
It housed its first prisoner on April 3, 1884

Description of an earlier jail in 1836.


Jail Fire
Cincinnati Commercial Tribune, May 22, 1847

Clerk's Office Clerk's Office Sheriff's Office
Incinerator, 1940 Clerk's Office, 1940 Sheriff's Office


Mason County Government Buildings

Opera House and Post Office



Maysville Post Office Workers, 1900  

The Old Library, now the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, is on the National Register of Historic Places.(pdf)


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Maysville Post
Maysville Post
Maysville Post
Office, 1908
Maysville Post
Office, 1912

This Post Office first opened for business on December. 4, 1905



Maysville mail carriers, c. 1910


“The number of letters carried between Maysville and Cincinnati last month was 24,400.
Of that number, 2350 were deposited in the mail box on the boat.” Courier-Journal, May 20, 1871


  The 1794 Maysville postal route, here.


“On the 12th of April, the Western mail between Maysville and West Union, Ohio, was robbed. The mail driver and a man belonging to the town of Aberdeen were concerned. The sum of 335 dollars was found upon the post rider, who has been committed to jail.” Freedom's Journal, May 16, 1828

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Maysville City Officials, 1910

All of the government officials described here are from the
April 9, 1910 edition of Maysville's Public Ledger.
J. Wesley Lee, Mayor of Maysville Charles C. Hopper, Revenue Collector
Charles D. Pearce, County Treasurer Maysville Post Office, Clarence Mathews, Postmaster William M. Daugherty, City Assessor Judge C. D. Newell, Circuit Judge
Judge Garrett Wall Andrew M. Cochran, Federal Judge Louis Gaebke, Magistrate Charles Slack, Coroner
John W. Eital, County Jailer J. O. Pickrell, County Magistrate Thomas Slattery, County Attorney W. H. Mackoy, Mason County Sheriff
J. M. Collins, City Attorney Judge W. H. Rice, Mason County Judge W. P. Dickson, Mason County Clerk John L Whitaker, Police Judge
M. J. Hennessey, Commonwealth Attorney James Key, Circuit Court Clerk Harry Ort, Chief of Police Henry Childs, County Assessor

Maysville Trustees permitted to raise taxes for a city hall, in 1844,

An 1841 law said you could pay Mason taxes for road upkeep, or could go to work on the roads


Officials Officials
1935 Maysville Officials


Water Works Maysville, Kentucky

An earlier water supply system, c. 1910
At the foot of Lexington Street

Maysville Pool, c 1950
On East Second Street.
We've read that after the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Decision (Wikipedia), authorities elected to close the pool rather than to allow integration.


1937 Flood


Water Works

Story of the Maysville Water system, from 1935, here.

Maysville Water Company incorporates in 1837, here.

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“The Maysville (Ky.) Water Company is having built, by the Geo. F. Blake Manufacturing Co., of New York and Boston, a condensing pumping engine of 2,000,000 gallons capacity per diem. Also an auxiliary pumping engine of 1,500,000 gallons capacity. These engines will have to pump against a head of over 350 feet.” Manufacturer and Builder, July 1880.

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