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Muscatine County

 

Muscatine County is named for the Muscatine Native American tribe, or for the Native American word for “prairie”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Cedar County and Scott County

E – Scott County and Rock Island County, Illinois

S – Rock Island County, Illinois and Louisa County

W – Louisia County and Johnson County

 

Created:  December 7, 1836                  Map of Iowa highlighting Muscatine County

County Seat:

Muscatine  1836 – present

 

County Courthouse – Muscatine

 

Location:  401 East 3rd Street / Walnut Street

Built:  1907 – 1908

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Joseph Eldred Mills of Detroit, Michigan

Contractor:  W J McAlpine of Dixon, Illinois

 

Description: The building faces southeast and is a three story stone and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. There is a central portico supported by four high columns rising from the second story to the pediment at the roof line. The north and south wings project from the main building. On the center of the roof is a high clock tower with open sides. The building houses the County District Court of the 7th Judicial District.

 

See:  The architect Joseph Eldred Mills also designed courthouses in Illinois in Hancock Countyin Iowa in Harrison County and in Michigan in Sanilac County

 

 See:  The 7th Judicial District includes Cedar CountyClinton County, Jackson County and Scott County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1836 and Muscatine ( Bloomington ) was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in  Muscatine  in 1840 at a cost of $15,000 and was destroyed by fire. The second courthouse was built by J C Farrand in 1867 at a cost of $29,000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1907 to 1908.

 

County Administration Building – Muscatine

 

 

Location:   414 East 3rd Street / Walnut Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description: The building faces northwest and is a two story buff colored brick structure.

 

 

County Courthouse – Muscatine 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2008