Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Henry County Courthouse in Mount Pleasant

Henry County was named for Henry Dodge, a general in the Black Hawk War, governor of the Wisconsin Territory (which included present-day Iowa) and later U. S. senator from Wisconsin.

Henry County’s first courthouse was also the first courthouse in the state of Iowa. Built in 1839, the two-story brick structure was built in 1839 in Mount Pleasant, and was demolished in 1872.

The county then purchased “Hill Hall,” built in 1870, and remodeled the interior to accommodate offices and courtroom. It was used from 1871-1914.

Henry County’s current courthouse, a two story stone and brick Beaux Arts classical design by Joseph W. Royer, was completed in 1914. Bricks were supplied by Mt. Pleasant Brick and Tile. The Henry County courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Visit the Henry County web site for more information.

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