Photographer's Note

The Van Wert County Courthouse was begun in 1874 in Van Wert, Ohio, near the western border of the state. It is basically a concrete-and-steel structure with brick outer walls. Most of the trim that looks like stone is actually zinc. It is a good example of the Second Empire style, popular in the late 19th century.

The town of Van Wert is located where the Town Creek crosses a moraine, a low ridge left as a glacier retreated at the end of the ice age. The moraine was used by Native Americans to traverse the swampy ground. A Shawnee village once occupied the site of the town.

Van Wert County was named in honor of Isaac Van Wart, one of the captors of British Major John André. Major André was hanged as a spy during the American Revolution for conspiring with American General Benedict Arnold to turn over the fort at West Point, New York, to the British. André was mourned by friend and foe alike, while Arnold's name in the United States is a byword for treason.

Van Wert County is predominantly rural, with 30,000 residents in an area of 410 square miles (1063 sq Km). The city of Van Wert has a population of 11,000. Agriculture is the major industry. Most of the population is of German, Irish, and Welsh descent.

This photo was taken through tinted glass from the second floor of a building across the street at about 6:00 PM. Post processing included adjusting the perspective, decreasing brightness, increasing contrast and saturation, and cloning out wires on the left side and a car in the lower right corner.

The original photo can be seen in the Workshop.

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