Monday, January 5, 2009

Humboldt County Courthouse in Dakota City

Humboldt County, named in honor of German naturalist and explorer Baron von Humboldt, was created in 1851, then dissolved by legislation in 1855, only to be re-established in 1857. Dakota City was selected for the county seat at that time, but the first courthouse was not built until 15 years later.

The current courthouse, designed by architects Dougher, Rich, and Woodburn, was built in 1939. The three-story building was constructed from gray brick and trimmed with Bedford stone. It is one of ten courthouses from the P.W.A. era that earned entry in 2003 to the National Register of Historic Places.

Visit the Humboldt County web site for more information.

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