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Winneshiek County


Winneshiek County is named for Winneshiek, who was a chief of the Winnebago Native American tribe.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Fillmore County, Minnesota and Houston County, Minnesota

E – Allamakee County

S – Fayette County

W – Chickasaw County and Howard County


Created:  February 20, 1847                  Map of Iowa highlighting Winneshiek County

County Seat:

Decorah 1847 – present


County Courthouse – Decorah


Location:  201 West Main Street / Court Street

Built:  1903 – 1904

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Kinney & Detweiler of Minneapolis, Minnesota

Contractor:  O H Olson


Description: The building faces north and is a two story brownish colored stone and concrete structure. The building is located on a small hill with landscaped grounds in the center of Decorah. The north front has a large portico supported by four large columns with the pediment at the roof line. The recessed entrance is arched with a small stone balcony above. Stone figures decorate the entrance. The corner pavilions extend from the building. The base is a red colored stone. In the center of the building is a high square copper dome with clock and small round dome at the top with green colored roof. The building houses the County District Court of the 1A Judicial District. On the southeast side is the Old County Jail built in 1878.


See:  The architect, Kinney & Detweiler of Minneapolis, Minnesota designed many courthouses.


See:  The 1A Judicial District includes Allamakee County, Clayton CountyDelaware County and Dubuque County.


History:  The county was created in 1847 and Decorah was selected as the county seat. In 1849, court was held the William and Elizabeth Day log house. Court was moved to the home of Judge David Reed. The first courthouse was a red colored brick Greek Revival structure built by Daniel Hawley in 1857 to 1858 at a cost of $18,000. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1903 to 1904 at a cost of $125,000.



County Courthouse – Decorah































County District Court courtroom















County District Court small courtroom









Old County Jail – Decorah





Photos taken 2007 and 2023