Jo Daviess County

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Jo Daviess County is named for Joseph Hamilton Daviess, who was killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe and who was the United States District Attorney for Kentucky.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Grant County, Wisconsin and Lafayette County, Wisconsin 

E – Stephenson County

S – Carroll County

W – Jackson County, Iowa and Dubuque County, Iowa


Created:  February 17, 1827                                                      Map of Illinois highlighting Jo Daviess County

County Seat:

Galena 1827 – present


County Courthouse – Galena


Location:  330 North Bench Street / Franklin Street

Built:  1839 – 1844

Style:  Georgian Revival

Architect:  Charles H Rogers

Contractor:  John L Slaymaker and Reverend Samuel Mazzuchelli


Description: The building faces southeast and is a three story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Galena. The building has a central projecting section with arch and recessed entrance on the first story. The central section rises to a pediment. The building has a course stone foundation and a mansard roof with circular windows. In 1970, a stone addition was added on the west side and a further extension was added in 1976.


Note:  During the construction of the courthouse Richard Darigan. John Hughes and Michael Gannon did the excavation work. Andrew Telford did the carpentry work and Barrick & Russell did the masonry work. S A Rambo did the plastering work. The construction was supervised by Thomas Drum and Abel Proctor.


Note:  The building is the second oldest Courthouse in use in Illinois and was built at the same time as the oldest courthouse in  Putnam County 


History:  The county was created in 1827 and Galena was named as the county seat The court first met in 1830 at the home of James Hammett. The county rented office premises.The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1939 to 1844.


Note:  The highest point in Illinois is Charles Mound at 1,235 feet ( 376 meters ) which is located in the county. 




County Courthouse – Galena













New County Courthouse Addition – Galena




Photos taken 2008