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Sac County

 

Sac County is named for the Sac Native American tribe.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Buena Vista County

E – Calhoun County

S – Carroll County and Crawford County

W – Ida County

 

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

County Seat:

Sac City  1856 – present

 

County Courthouse – Sac City

 

Location:  100 NW State Street / Main Street

Built:  1889 – 1890

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  J M Russell

Contractor:   Asa Platt, D E Hallett, D Carr Early, Justin A Miller, A D Peck, Myme Childs, J E Robbins, James M Fox and W C Shull

 

Description: The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Sac City. The building has a stone arch with windows on the first story which used to be the main entrance. The base of the building is course stone and stone trim runs in horizontal bands and around the windows. The center section projects from the main building and rises to a peak. The roof is hipped. In the interior are wood stairs ascending to the second story where the County Magistrate Court courtroom is located on the south side. On the east side of the building is a one story brick and concrete addition with central lobby. On the north side of the lobby is the County District Court courtroom. The courtroom is circular is shape and has vertical wood stripes. The building houses the District Court of the 2B Judicial District. The building was remodeled in 1900. An addition was constructed in 1977. The architect was Keninger, Galvin & Associates and the contractor was McCorkle Construction Company. On the north side is the two story buff colored brick Old Sheriff Residence and Jail.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Sac Copunty Courthouse

 

History:  The county was created in 1851 and Sac City was selected as the county seat in 1856. The first courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1860. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1873 at a cost of $30,000 and was burned down on October 3, 1888. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1889 to 1890 at ca cost of $30,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Sac City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Magistrate Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

Addition

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supervisor Minutes – contractor bid

 

 

Old Sheriff Residence and Jail – Sac City

 

 

Photos taken 2008, 2012, 2023 and 2024