Clarke County was named for James Clarke, a territorial governor of Iowa
Clarke County’s first courthouse was a two-story frame structure built in Osceola in 1854. It was abandoned in 1883 due to wind and weather damage.
The second courthouse was a red brick structure with a clock tower built in 1892. It was demolished in 1955.
Clarke County’s current courthouse was built in 1956. The L-shaped modern brick structure was designed by architects Williamson, Loebsack & Assoc. A 1995 addition was designed by Moore & Assoc. P.C.
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