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Crawford County


Crawford County is named for William Harris Crawford, who was a presidential candidate as well as United States Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Ida County and Sac County

E – Carroll County

S – Shelby County and Harrison County

W – Monona County


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

County Seat:

Denison  1855 – present


County Courthouse – Denison


Location:  1202 Broadway Street / South 12th Street

Built:  1904 – 1905

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  George A Berlinghof of Beatrice, Nebraska

Contractor:  Marxen & Rokahr of Avoca


Description: The building faces south and is a three story Ohio marble and concrete structure. The building is located on the lanscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square. The building has a high portico at the central entrance with four tall columns rising from the second to third story supporting a pediment at the roof line. There are porticos on the north and south sides with four columns on each. The north and south wings project from the main building. The roof line is flat. In the interior is a central staircase. The large County District Court courtroom is located on the north side of the third story. The building houses the District Court of the 3B Judicial District. 


See:  The architect, George A Berlinghof of Beatrice, designed courthouses in Nebraska in Colfax County, Franklin County, Greeley County, Howard CountyKearney County,  Lincoln CountyNemaha County, Seward County and Thayer County.


See:  The contractor, Marxen & Rokahr of Avoca, Iowa, also constructed the courthouse in Nebraska in Seward County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Crawford County Courthouse


See:  The first courthouse which was built in 1857 to 1859 is a two story red colored brick structure. The building faces south and is located on the south side of the Courthouse Square at 1203 Broadway.. The building was moved from the Courthouse Square in 1904 and has served as a commercial building. The roof is hipped.


See:  The 3B Judicial District includes Ida CountyMonona County, Plymouth CountySioux County and Wodbury County.


History:  The county was created in 1851 and Denison was selected as the county seat in 1855 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was built in 1857 to 1859 and a frame addition was added in 1871 and in 1881 at a cost of $5,000. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1904 to 1905 at a cost of $115,000.



County Courthouse – Denison
















County District Court courtroom

















Photos taken 2008 and 2023