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Tama County

Tama County is named for any of several Native American chiefs or chief’s wives.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Grundy County and Black Hawk County

E – Benton County

S – Poweshiek County

W – Marshall County and Grundy County 


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

County Seat:

Toledo  1843 – present


County Courthouse – Toledo


Location:  100 West High Street / Broadway Street

Built:  1866 – 1867

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  W R Parsons & Son

Contractor:  H B Belton and PB McCullough


Description: The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds of the Public Square in the center of Toledo. The south front has a large white colored stone arch with recessed entrance. The west side rises to a peaked roof with third story window. A large square brick tower rises above the entrance and has a clock and four sized steep roof. The foundation is stone and the roof is corrugated iron. On the west side the walls rise to a peak at the third story. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the 6 Judicial District.


See:  The 6th Judicial District includes Benton County, Iowa CountyJohnson CountyJones County and Linn County.


History:  The county was created in 1843 and Toledo was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story frame structure built in 1854 at a cost of $1,300. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1866 to 1867 at a cost of $22,000.


County Administration Building – Toledo



Location:  104 West State Street / Broadway Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description: The building faces south and is a two story gray colored cladding, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Toledo on the north side of the courthouse. The south front has a large window above the central entrance.



County Courthouse – Toledo









County District Court courtroom



County Administration Building – Toledo

Photos taken 2008