Saturday, March 7, 2009

Poweshiek County Courthouse in Montezuma

Poweshiek County was named for Fox Chief Poweshiek who supported peace in the Black Hawk War.

Poweshiek County’s first courthouse was a two-story frame building completed in 1850. The courtroom was on the first floor; the offices on the second floor were accessed by an outside stairway. It was also as a school and church, and for public meetings.

Poweshiek County’s current courthouse, a two-story brick Greek Revival structure designed by Dake & Dryden, was completed in 1859. An addition was completed in 1890; a full basement and new foundation were placed under the building in 1934. The Poweshiek County courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981

Visit the Poweshiek County web site for more information.

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