The wall that surrounds a large portion of the historic Logan County Courthouse will be torn down soon and a new one put in its place. Parts of the wall, said Logan County Judge Executive Logan Chick, could be as old as the courthouse itself.
“It looks as if some of the wall is made with brick mixed in with the mortar. That is how they did things back then,” said Chick.
The wall has been falling apart for years. You can see where chunks have fallen out and repair has been done to try and keep it together over the years. Chick said this project is a long time coming.
Specs for the project were handed out at the Tuesday, Aug. 11 meeting of the fiscal court for magistrates to go over. The plans were drawn out by engineer Jeff Arnold out of Bowling Green. He was the lowest among two bids received for the plans. The project will now be bid out.
“We are going to try and save the iron fencing on the top of the wall and put it in the new wall,” said Chick. “Unfortunately, I don’t think any of the wall itself will be able to be saved. It is in real bad shape.”
The Logan County Courthouse was built in 1904, this is Logan’s third courthouse. The courthouse has undergone many restorations and expansions since it was originally built. Court first met in 1793 in a two-story log structure known as Cedar House. From 1822 through the late 1800’s the courthouse was located in the middle of Park Square.