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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Campbell County Courthouse - Jacksboro, TN

Campbell County Courthouse - Jacksboro, TN

Jacksboro became the Campbell County Seat in 1808 and the town was named after Judge John Jack who donated the land for the town. A vote was held in 1903 to relocate the county seat to the nearby larger city LaFollette, but after a year they moved back to this spot where a courthouse was built in 1885. That courthouse burned down in 1926.

This courthouse was completed later in 1926. This building was made of brick, stone, steel and concrete since the previous courthouse had burned down. It is quite an imposing two story structure when looking up at it from the lower level of main street(Old US25W/TN9). a wing was added on the left (western side) in 1964.

Along the top in middle is a relief carving of an eagle. The rest of the top is covered in metal. This metal covering was not there 15 years ago, and I suspect it's there to protect the roof, yet with a cutout showing the ornamental part.

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