Missouri native and St. Louis resident Jerry Garrett has a penchant for collecting unusual things. For 20 years he has been visiting and collecting photos of the homes and graves of all the signers of the Declaration of Independence. So, a driving trip to visit all 114 Missouri courthouses in the summer and fall of 2007 seemed like another interesting sojourn.

“I’ve always loved to drive, explore the countryside and go through small towns,” Garrett says. “And, as a small child I remember being mesmerized by the courthouse in my hometown of Richmond, Missouri.

“Also, the courthouses were fairly close together so several could be covered in a day. They made good targets. I felt I was accomplishing something each time I found one,” he recalls.

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