The county of Henderson was created by an act of legislature effective
January 1, 1841. Oquawka has been the county seat since that
time. The 4 large, white columns and south portion of the building
we see today are that of the original structure. It is the second
oldest court house in Illinois still in continuous use. Judge
Stephen Douglas held the first court in Oquawka.
1993 was the 150th anniversary of the completion and dedication of the grand
old Court House. The Court House was honored and commemorated with a special
gala event during the 1993 Heritage Trail Days Festival always held the
last full weekend of September.
The mighty Mississippi still flows past our historical town of Oquawka, almost
the same as in the days of 1827 when a Dr. Isaac Galland staked his claim to
this sandy shoreline of the, so called, Military Tract.
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