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:

It looks like this only straighter.

It looks like this only straighter.

Impressive interior:

Lots of wood doors and trim:

Lots of wood doors and trim.

And wooden hinges:

Actually, the doors, trim and hinges are all grain painted.

Actually, the doors, trim and hinges are all grain painted/faux grained.

There was a time when stairways were interesting:

An elegant short stairway.

An elegant short stairway to an observation level.

And a stairwell:

Stairs that go up and down.

Please Watch Your Steps.

Like all good official 19th century buildings, it has a dome:

A semi-successful panoramic picture of the interior of the dome.

A semi-successful panoramic picture of the interior of the dome.

There are two restored courtrooms:

One of the restored courtrooms.

One of the restored courtrooms.

And some historic furniture in the displays:

The historic Missouri chair.

The historic Missouri chair.

Also the balance of my Prairie schooner pictures:

There's more where this one came from.

There’s more where this one came from.

To see all my worthy Old Courthouse pictures, click HERE.

Did I mention it was near the Arch?

Yep, over yonder is the Arch.

Yep, over yonder is 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.