Palo Alto county, named for the Battle of Palo Alto in the Mexican-American War, began construction its first courthouse in 1858 at the centrally located town of Paoli. The courthouse took years to complete, and was used briefly before the county seat moved to the town of Emmetsburg in 1875.
The second courthouse, designed by B. J. Bartlett with Victorian Gothic architecture, was built in 1880. Originally faced with yellow brick, it was later refaced with red brick and a tall tower removed in the 1920s. An addition and extensive remodeling in the 1970s allowed this structure to continue to serve Palo Alto county today.
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