As mentioned in the last blog, I recently visited the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. I had to stopy by the Old Courthouse for tickets. The Courthouse itself is quite an interesting place. Built between 1839 and 1862, it was where Dred and Harriet Scott sued for their freedom* and Virginia Minor fought for women’s right to vote. During construction, the Museum of Western Expansion is closed. Some of the exhibits have been set up at the Old Courthouse .
If in town, you should visit the Old Courthouse:
And wooden hinges:
There was a time when stairways were interesting:
And a stairwell:
Like all good official 19th century buildings, it has a dome:
There are two restored courtrooms:
And some historic furniture in the displays:
Also the balance of my Prairie schooner pictures:
To see all my worthy Old Courthouse pictures, click HERE.
Did I mention it was near the Arch?
*Although the US Supreme Court ruled in 1857 that Dred Scott being of African descent could not be a citizen, he and his family were manumitted (freed) later that year. Interesting case. This ruling was one of the reasons for the 14th Amendment.