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Wright County

Wright County is named for Silas Wright, a Governor of New York, and for Joseph Albert Wright, a Governor of Indiana.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Hancock County

E – Franklin County

S – Hamilton County

W – Webster County and Humboldt County


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

County Seat:

Liberty   1855 – 1866

Clarion  1866 – present


County Courthouse – Clarion


Location:  115 North Main Street / Central Avenue East

Built:  1891 – 1892

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  W B Parson & Son

Contractor:  E D Janes & Company


Description: The building faces south and is a three story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Clarion. On the southeast corner is a large square clock tower. The south entrance is arched and the base of the building is white course stone. Round tower are on either side of the entrance. The building houses the County District Court of the 5B Judicial District.


See:  The 2B Judicial District includes Boone County, Calhoun CountyGreene CountyHamilton CountyHardin County, Humboldt CountyMarshall County, Pocahontas CountyStory County and Webster County


History:  The county was created in 1851 and Liberty was selected as the county seat in 1855. The first court was held in a log cabin in 1851. The first courthouse was built in Liberty in 1855. The county seat was moved to Clarion in 1866. The second courthouse was built in Clarion in 1866. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1891 to 1892 at a cost of $50,000.



County Courthouse – Clarion








County District Court courtroom





Photos taken 2008