Virginia’s leaders outfox Beardstown
By the time Cass County voters were again asked to select a county seat, it was painfully apparent county government had outgrown its courthouse in Beardstown.
In the view of Jacob Dunaway, Samuel Petefish, Ignatius Skiles, Charles Crandall and other leading Virginians, this situation provided a remarkable opportunity.
If voters kept the county seat in Beardstown, they soon would be required to finance a new courthouse. However, what would those voters think if they got a new courthouse at no cost simply by returning the county seat to Virginia? Virginia’s leaders decided to find out. They would foot the bill to build a new courthouse on the city’s east square – officially known as Washington Fountain Square.