Thursday, March 12, 2009

Muscatine County Courthouse in Muscatine

Muscatine County was named for either the Muscatine Native American tribe, the Native American word for prairie, or Muscatine Island in the Mississippi River.

Muscatine County’s first courthouse was a two-story brick building on a stone foundation in Bloomington (renamed Muscatine in 1851). It was destroyed by fire in 1864.

The second courthouse was built in 1867. The two-story brick structure featured a dome topped with a statue of the goddess of justice.

Muscatine’s county current courthouse is a three-story Beaux Arts designed by J. E. Mills, constructed with concrete and Bedford limestone. Completed in 1909, it features a clock tower dome supported by stone pillars. The Muscatine County courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Visit the Muscatine County web site for more information.

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