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Iowa County



Iowa County is named for the Iowa River which flows through the county and is named after the Ioway Native American tribe.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Benton County

E – Johnson County

S – Washington County and Keokuk County 

W – Poweshiek County


Created:  February 17, 1843                  Map of Iowa highlighting Iowa County

County Seat:

Marengo  1847 – present


County Courthouse – Marengo


Location:  901 Court Avenue / West Hilton Street

Built:  1892 – 1893

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:   Foster and Liebbe

Contractor:   P H Wind


Description: The building faces east and is a two story buff colored Berea stone structure. The east front has a central tower rising 137 feet with arched entrance on the first story and rising to an octagonal tower at the fourth story with red colored conical roof above. The north and south sections project slightly from the building. On the north and south sides are small turrets rising above the roof line. The building houses the County District Court of the 6 Judicial District.


See:  The 6th Judicial District includes Benton County, Johnson CountyJones County, Linn County and Tama County.


History:  The county was created in 1843 and Marengo was selected as the county seat in 1847. The first courthouse was a log cabin built in 1847 and the second courthouse was built in 1851. A third courthouse was built in 1861 at a cost of $2,000. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1892 to 1893 at a cost of $50,000.



County Courthouse – Marengo









Photos taken 2008