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Capitolshots Photography (Old) ADMIN October 9, 2010
We passed 20,000 images on October 8. Amazing -- keep on trucking!

Group Description

The objective of this group is to accumulate exterior photos of every one of the roughly 3,000 county courthouses in the United States, big and small. Also check out www.courthousehistory.com.

A map has been set up that will be updated as new courthouses are added. It is updated fairly frequently.

Make sure you check out the map! It shows which counties we have and which ones we need. It can be reached at www.flickr.com/photos/10461908@N03/2987647951/. Or just click on the map below.

County Courthouse Map

Group Rules

The one rule is this: only add photos of county courthouses. No federal courthouses, state supreme courts, state capitols, national capitols, pictures of your family, etc. Please label, in some way, your photo so that the group knows which building, or from which county, you are adding.

The county courthouse will always be located in the county seat. Buildings not located in the county seat are not what this group is looking for. In areas where the legislative and executive county functions are in seperate buildings from the judicial functions, any is accepted, and the most interesting, historic building is preferred.

Functioning courthouses are preferred, but retired courthouses are encouraged provided they served as such at one point, simply because they are typically more visually interesting than modern courthouses built in their place. If the old courthouse has been converted to a museum, private use, or is still retained by a government for a different function, they will still be counted on the map because this group is largely about recognizing impressive county landmarks that ought to be preserved.

However, former courthouses in towns that were previously county seats but are no longer, while more than welcome in the pool, will not be applied to the map.

However, if you have photos of the current county courthouse, no matter how ghastly, please include, if only to complete the collection and to serve as a reminder that tearing down historic buildings just makes for an ugly America.

The limit is five photos per day, but, please, add what you have! The faster photos of the courthouses are posted, the sooner the group can reach its goal!

Of course, please specify which county and state the courthouse is located in, at the least. Having the county, state, and city in the title of the photo is helpful.

Additional Info

  • Members can post 5 things to the pool each day.
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Images, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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