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Boone County


Boone County is named for Nathan Boone, who was the son of Daniel Boone an American pioneer who has founded Boonesborough in Kentucky.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Webster County and Hamilton

E – Story County

S – Polk County and Dallas County

W – Greene County


Created:  January 13, 1846                    Map of Iowa highlighting Boone County

County Seat:

Boonesboro  1846 – 1891

Boone           1892 – present


County Courthouse – Boone


Location:  201 South State Street / West 2nd Street

Built:  1916 – 1918

Style:  Second Renaissance

Architect:  Norman T Vorse of Des Moines

Contractor:  L H Boyd of Boyd Construction Company of Saint Paul, Minnesota


Description: The building faces east and is a three story stone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Public Square in the center of Boone. The east front has eight tall Corinthian columns rising from the second story to the third story with recessed windows between. The first story has stone blocks with recessed windows. A dentilated cornice circles the building. The roof line is flat. In the interior of the building are marble walls with terrazzo floors, coffered ceilings and a stained glass skylight. The wide hallways run north-south. The first story has a spacious lobby with a wide staircase ascending to the third story. The County District Court courtroom A is located on the east side of the third story. The rectangular courtroom has large vertical windows, patterned walls and a stained glass light fixture at the ceiling center. The smaller County District Court courtroom B is located on the south side of the third story. The building houses the County District Court of the 2B Judicial District. 


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Boone County Courthouse


Note:  In 1916 the fifth courthouse was given to the Boone Biblical Ministries and was moved across the street while the county employees continued to work in the building. Not a drop of ink was spilled. The building continued as a courthouse until 1918 when the sixth courthouse was completed.


See:  The 2B Judicial District includes Calhoun CountyGreene CountyHamilton CountyHardin County, Humboldt CountyMarshall County, Pocahontas CountyStory County, Webster County and Wright County.


History:  The county was created in 1846 and Boonesboro was selected as the county seat. The court first met at the residences of John Boyles, John M Wane and John M Crooks. In 1851 the first courthouse was a log schoolhouse located on Honey Creek. The second courthouse was a log cabin built by Wesley C Hull in 1851 near the Public Square. In 1853, the third courthouse was a new log schoolhouse. The fourth courthouse was a two story frame structure built on the corner of Third Street and Fremont Street in 1856 to 1857 at a cost of $2,100. The fifth courthouse was a brick structure built by Delos Arnold in 1868 at a cost of $38,000. In 1892 the county seat name was changed to Boone when Boonesboro and Montana merged. The sixth and present courthouse was constructed in 1916 to 1917 at a cost of $250,000.



County Courthouse – Boone























County District Court courtroom A























County District Court courtroom B











Photos taken 2008 and 2024