"Mid-Missouri County Seat" Marshall by yooperprof

Marshall Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 8 photos

A classic American County Courthouse - late nineteenth century civic pride. Marshall is the seat of Saline County, and has a population of about 12,000. It has a traditional courthouse square, with a one-way traffic pattern that took a while for me to figure out. I didn't notice anything was wrong until I realized that all the parked cars were (slant-wise) going the other way. Fortunately for me, there was no other traffic on it - in the middle of a Saturday afternoon.

The town of Marshall is named after John Marshall, dominant Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1801 to 1835. Not coincidentally, that was the period which saw Missouri achieve statehood; most placenames in this region date from that era. (Two of the main streets that define the Courthouse Square are Jefferson and LaFayette.)

In Marshall, the Courthouse Square is the focal point of the town, even if it seemed awfully sleepy on a Saturday afternoon. Churches, funeral homes, law offices, restaurants, and tool shops congregate around the square. The buildings are all one or two stories in height, with the single exception of this three story construction on the southeast corner.

  • Last visit to Marshall: Jun 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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