When I first saw the Dallas County Courthouse in downtown Buffalo I thought it was one of the plainest and most nondescript county courthouses I had ever seen. It is a squatty one-story metal building with brick veneer covering the lower portion. The courthouse has almost no lawn and occupies the central square in downtown Buffalo. It was built in 1958 to replace a much more grand old brick courthouse which was destroyed by fire. You can click the link below to see a historical photo of the old courthouse.
As a proponent of low taxes and limited government, I thought this "new" courthouse was absolutely beautiful. It shows that the people of Dallas have higher priorities than to over tax their citizenry to build a showplace courthouse that would be a monument to political power and big government. Or maybe this was just the best that they could do.
Dallas County, Missouri, was first organized as Niangua County in 1841, but the name was changed to Dallas three years later because few people could either spell or pronounce "Niangua."
Land for Dallas County was taken from Polk County and named for George Mifflin Dallas (1792-1864) a United States Senator from Pennsylvania and the eleventh Vice President of the United States, serving under President James K. Polk.
The county lies on land ceded by the Osage Indians in 1808. The first settlers of European descent were pioneers who came primarily from Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana.
Dallas County History