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Cherokee County


Cherokee County is named for the Cherokee Native American tribe.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – O’Brien County

E – Buena Vista County

S – Ida County and Woodbury County

W – Plymouth County


Created:  January 15, 1851                    Map of Iowa highlighting Cherokee County

County Seat:

Cherokee  1851 – present


County Courthouse – Cherokee


Location:  520 West Main Street / North 6th Street

Built:  1965 – 1966

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Dougher Frevert & Ramsey

Contractor:  Hagan Company


Description: The building faces southwest and is a two story buff colored  brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the side of a slope in the center of Cherokee. The main entrance is located on the second story at the southwest corner. The roof line overhangs the main building with horizontal dividers and recessed walls. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the hallways run east-west and north south from the southwest entrance and are lined with vertical wood strips. The County Magistrate Court courtroom is located on the south side of the first story.  The County District Court courtroom is located on the north side of the center of the building. The building houses the County District Court of the 3A Judicial District. 


See:  The 3A Judicial District includes Buena Vista CountyClay CountyDickinson County, Emmet CountyKossuth County, Lyon CountyO’Brien CountyOsceola County and Palo Alto County.


History:  The county was created in 1851 and Old Cherokee was selected as the county seat in 1861 after the county was organized in 1857. The first courthouse was native lumber structure built in 1863 to 1864 at a cost of $1,900. In 1871 the county seat was moved to Cherokee and the courthouse was moved to the new townsite. The second courthouse was a brick and granite structure designed by Zoll & Kramer and constructed by Seeley Son & Company in 1891 to 1892 at a cost of $50,000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1965 to 1966 at a cost of $475,000.



County Courthouse – Cherokee











County Courthouse Bell 1891











County District Court courtroom











County Magistrate Court courtroom







Board of Supervisors Meeting Room





Picture 1891 County Courthouse





Photos taken 2008, 2023 and 2024