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About Laclede County

Lebanon, Missouri is the county seat for Laclede County. The County was organized February 24, 1849, and was named after Pierre Laclede, founder of St. Louis. The first Courthouse was constructed in 1851. It was sold for $50 in the 1870s, and the records were moved to another building in Lebanon.

The next Courthouse was not built until 1894. This building was destroyed by fire in 1920. The third Courthouse, costing $72,428, was completed in 1925. A law enforcement sales tax passed in August 1994. This tax allowed the building to comply with the “American Disabilities Act” and helped make office space more efficient. It is now known as the Laclede County Government Center.

Laclede County is a statutory third class county. The assessed valuation for Laclede county for 1960 was $20,234,001.  The 2017 assessed valuation is $431,355,288. The population of Laclede County is 36,313 (2022) and has been growing at a rapid pace. Laclede County covers 770 square miles. Our county government provides administration, law enforcement, and judicial services.  Laclede County Elected Officials

The City of Lebanon is the largest municipality within Laclede County; other incorporated areas are: The City of Conway, The Village of Phillipsburg, The Town of Stoutland, The City of Richland, and the Village of Evergreen.  All laws pertaining to county government come from actions of the state legislature.

Bennett Springs State Park Photo: Photo Credit Bennett Springs State Park Website

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