Worth County was named for William Jenkins Worth, a general in the Black Hawk War and Mexican-American War.
Worth County rented a small stone building for county use in Northwood for three dollars per month. In 1865, a two-story courthouse was built.
After an attempt to change the county seat, a two-story Italianate brick courthouse was built in Northwood in 1880. After its use as a courthouse, this building served as a school, library, city hall, and now as the Worth County Historical Museum. The Old Worth County Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.
The current courthouse is a Romanesque brick structure with a small tower designed by H. R. P. Hamilton and completed in 1893. An addition in 1990 provided a new jail, magistrate courtroom, and offices. The Worth County courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.
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