A Brief Introduction

Hi! I took photos of all the historic county courthouses (and some others) in Indiana and elsewhere in the midwest so you didn’t have to. Here are some quick facts about the project.

The Numbers of Courthousery:

This is no longer relevant since I’ve long since stopped keeping track, but here are some fun statistics before I added twenty more courthouses to Ohio in October, 2019. -ed.

Since I rebooted this project in August, 2015…

…I’ve been to 92 counties (100%) in Indiana, seventeen in Michigan, and seventeen in Ohio, and a handful in West Virginia.
I’ve taken 3,548 courthouse photos.
I’ve driven 8,144 miles
I’ve spent 160 hours in the car (6.67 days behind the wheel).
I’ve consumed 60 44 oz. fountain pops on the road (20.625 gallons).

The Grammar of Courthousery:

What is ‘courthousery’, exactly? Well, it’s a noun to describe this project. I’d break weekend plans because I was going courthousing. I’d invite friends or family to come along while I courthoused.

Courthousery (n): The act of driving around, drinking fountain pops, listening to music too loud, and taking pictures of old courthouses. 

The Gear of Courthousery:

I’m not a professional photographer- I’m not even a good one. Photos from 2011 were taken with a Motorola Droid. Photos from 2015 on were taken with a simple Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W330 point-and-shoot camera and edited in Adobe Photoshop, HDR Efex, Color Efex Pro 4, and Dfine 2 from the Nik Collection. Occasionally I use my iPhone when I’m unprepared.

The Copyrights of Courthousery:

All of the text and photographs on this website, unless otherwise noted, my original content, and I reserve all rights to the material I’ve created. No part of this project may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without my prior written permission, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law.

Thanks for reading,

Ted Shideler