Gasconade Courthouse issue gets at heart of north-south rift

Thursday, August 28, 2008 | 4:27 p.m. CDT; updated 6:55 a.m. CDT, Friday, August 29, 2008

ST. LOUIS — Since before the turn of the 19th Century, the hub of government in Gasconade County has been the old brick courthouse that sits on a bluff high above the Missouri River in the historic German community of Hermann.