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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tipton County Courthouse Corner View - Covington, TN

Tipton County Courthouse Corner View - Covington, TN

This is Tipton County's third courthouse, and the second to be located in the middle of Covington's town square. Finished in 1889-90, it was designed by the McDonald Brothers for $24,500. The north side was at the time considered the main entrance as it leads into the grand lobby, but while I was here, more people used the south side. Both entrances have an awning held up by four columns, although the one on the south side has only been there 2 or 3 decades. The south side also has a sidewalk that leads up to and around a Confederate statue.

I was here on a Saturday morning and they had classic rock music playing the whole time I was there. There were also wreaths on the doors even though it was the first week in November, so I'll let you decide if that's a good or a bad thing.

This courthouse originally had a nice clock tower. However, in 1909 a tornado came through and damaged the tower and the roof. The county hoped to repair the damage at some point, so they placed scaffolding around the tower for a long time. They put off the repairs for while to the point that the roof was close to caving in so in 1928 they removed the tower so they could repair the roof and it's been without the tower ever since.

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