Ballard County Courthouse — Wickliffe, Kentucky

Ballard County was formed from portions of Hickman County and McCracken County.  Ballard County has the distinction of being the county in Kentucky that borders both Illinois and Missouri.It was named for Bland Ballard , a Kentucky pioneer and soldier who served as a scout for General George Rogers Clark during the American Revolutionary War, and later commanded a company during the War of 1812. On February 17, 1880, the courthouse was destroyed by a fire, which also destroyed most of the county’s early records. At this time the countyseat and courthouse was located in Blandville.

Ballard County Courthouse -- Wickliffe, Kentucky

The county seat was transferred from Blandville to Wickliffe in 1882. This courthouse was built in 1903 with the designs of Missouri architect Jerome B. Legg. It is located in the heart of Wickliffe making it the county’s most prominent structure. On February 27, 1980 the courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

McCreary County Courthouse — McCreary County, Kentucky

McCreary County was the last of the 120 counties in the commonwealth to be created on May 12, 1912.  The majority of the land in McCreary County was carved out of Whitley and Wayne Counties but also sections were taken from Laurel and Pulaski Counties.  The county was named for James B. McCreary a former governor of Kentucky who served one term from 1875-1879 and then again almost 40 years later from 1911-1915.  Over half of the land in McCreary County is owned by the federal government.


The McCreary County courthouse is located in the county seat of Whitley City.


Whitley City is one of two county seats in the state that are not incorporated towns or cities.  The other is Burlington in Boone County.


The courthouse was completed in 1953 after a fire destroyed the previous courthouse in 1951.