The Kanawha County Courthouse in Charleston, completed in 1892, received major building additions in 1917 and 1924 that nearly tripled its size.
Some courthouses are much newer. The modern tan-and-yellow brick Lincoln County Courthouse in Hamlin and red brick Clay County Courthouse in Clay were finished in 1964 and 1978, respectively.
The Morgan County Courthouse in Berkeley Springs, completed in 2010, is the most recent. That building replaced one destroyed by a fire in 2006.
Among the other information in the book:
* The Calhoun County Courthouse in Grantsville was built by the Works Progress Administration, a New Deal agency under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, between 1940 and 1942 at a cost of $170,000.
* The grounds of the Fayette County Courthouse, completed in 1895, feature a statue of Marquis de Lafayette, the French statesman and "Friend of the American Revolution," after whom the county was named.
* The Hardy County Courthouse, built between 1911 and 1913, was the fourth courthouse built in Moorefield. The first one, built in 1786, was a two-story log structure measuring 26 feet by 20 feet. The nearby county jail was also built from logs.
* The Romanesque McDowell County Courthouse in Welch, completed in 1894, was built as newly completed railroads were sparking an economic boom by making it possible to ship millions of tons of coal. The steps leading up to the historic courthouse were the scene of the murders of Mingo County residents Sid Hatfield and Edward Chambers by coal-company Baldwin-Felts guards during the 1921 Mine Wars.
Taylor Books will host a program about the new book on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 226 Capitol St. in downtown Charleston. The book's selling price is $35. Taylor Books will grant its current 20 percent discount on all purchases, bringing the price down to $28.
"Living Monuments" will also be sold on the Capitol grounds during Saturday's Sesquicentennial celebration.
Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.