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Keokuk County


Keokuk County is named for Chief Keokuk, who was the chief of the Sac Native Americans who advocated peace with the white settlers.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Poweshiek County and Iowa County

E – Washington County 

S – Jefferson County and Wapello County

W – Mahaska County


Created:  December 21, 1837                Map of Iowa highlighting Keokuk County

County Seat:

Sigourney  1844 – 1848

Lancaster  1848 – 1858

Sigourney  1858 – present


County Courthouse – Sigourney


Location:  101 South Main Street / East Washington Street

Built:  1909 – 1910

Style:  Classical  Revival

Architect:  Wetherell & Gage

Contractor:  J L Simmons


Description: The building faces north and is a three story light colored stone structure. The first story has horizontal stonework with a central entrance with curved pediment above. Two large columns rise to the top of the third story with a large dormer with arched window at the roof line. On the center of the roof is a square stone clock tower with gold dome. The building houses the County District Court of the 8A Judicial District.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Keokuk County Courthouse


See:  The 8A Judicial District includes Appanoose County, Davis CountyJefferson CountyMahaska CountyMonroe CountyPoweshiek County, Van Buren CountyWapello County and Washington County.


History:  The county was created in 1837 and Sigourney was selected as the county seat in 1844. The first courthouse was built in 1845 at Sigourney at a cost of $218. In 1848, the county seat was moved to Lancaster and the second courthouse was built. In 1858, the  county seat was returned to Sigourney and the third courthouse was built by Coleman & Lehman at Sigourney at a cost of $17,200. The building was enlarged in 1892. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1909 to 1910 at a cost of $150,000.



County Courthouse – Sigourney 











Photos taken 2008