Jasper County’s new courthouse was completed on this date at a total cost of $398.50, or about $11,000 in today’s currency. (Note: the image shows a slightly later iteration of the Jasper County Courthouse.)

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.