Story County was named for Joseph Story, a justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Story County’s first courthouse was built in Nevada in 1855. The two-story frame building burned December 31, 1863. It was replaced by a similar building.
The third courthouse was a three story brick structure designed by William Foster. Completed in 1877, the courthouse originally featured a tower topped with the goddess of justice, which was later removed.
The fourth courthouse was completed in 1968. The Y-shaped building designed by Stenson & Warm now serves as the administration building and houses much of the non-court related county services.
Story County’s current courthouse was designed by Wells, Kastner, & Schipper and completed in 2002. The Justice Center houses the courtroom, clerk of court, county attorney, and sheriff.
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