Buena Vista County was named for the Battle of Buena Vista in the Mexican-American War.
Buena Vista’s first courthouse was a two-story frame structure built in Sioux Rapids 1870. This building burned in 1877, and several towns campaigned to be named the county seat.
Storm Lake offered its newly constructed city hall to be used as a courthouse. The offer was accepted in 1878. Soon, the leased courthouse was too small to serve the county. A three story Romanesque design by J. M. Russell, made with pressed brick and featuring a large cupola, was completed in Storm Lake in 1888.
Buena Vista’s current courthouse, a modern “L” shaped building designed by Frevert-Ramsey, as completed in 1972 on the same grounds as the previous courthouse. It features a large courtroom in the round.
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