Plattsburg, MO Court House and Square Fire, Apr 1895


Business Portion of a Missouri Town Destroyed---Other Fires.

PLATTSBURG, Mo., April 15.---Fire yesterday afternoon destroyed the court house and all the buildings, including stores, offices and livery stables on the south side of the public square. A strong gale was blowing, and the entire destruction of the village was feared. The total loss is about $200,000, with but little insurance. The fire originated in the St[ineligible] livery stables, but the cause is unknown.

Fort Wayne News, Fort Wayne, IN 15 Apr 1895


Plattsburg Courthouse Fire

The courthouse sustained great damage in a fire April 15, 1895, but the walls remained standing. In spite of newspaper reports that the walls would be torn down, apparently they were incorporated in the rebuilding. C. P. Schmidt drew the plans and John T. Neil contracted for $12,985 to rebuild and enclose the courthouse. Stephen Collins acted as superintendent. The appearance of the building was considerably altered after it was stuccoed and painted white in 1958. Fire again damaged the building June 14, 1974.