Hancock County

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Hancock County is named for John Hancock, who was a soldier in the American Revolutionary War, and who was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence.


Created:  January 13, 1825

County Seat:

Carthage  1833 – present


County Courthouse – Cathage


Location:  500 Main Street / South Adams Street

Built:  1907 – 1908

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  J E Mills of Detroit, Michigan

Contractor:  Superior Construction Company of Toledo, Ohio


Description: The building faces north and is a three story gray colored stone structure. The north front has a large portico rising from the second to third story. A stone arch frames the entrance on the second story and above the entrance are three arched windows. The pediment at the roof contains a small round window. On the roof center is a large octagonal dome with clock at the top and a statue of Justice.



N – Lee County, Iowa and Henderson County

E – McDonough County and Schuyler County

S – Adams County

W – Lewis County, Missouri, Clark County, Missouri and Lee County, Iowa










Photos taken 2007