Thursday, December 18, 2008

Lucas County Courthouse in Chariton

Lucas County was named in honor of Robert Lucas, Iowa’s first territorial governor. This is Lucas County’s third courthouse, designed using Romanesque architecture by Foster & Liebbe, and built in 1892-94. The two-story building was faced with sandstone. The courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. A monument for the Morman Trail sits on the courthouse lawn, a reminder that the first white settlers in the county were Mormans.

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