Allamakee County

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Allamakee County is named for Allan Makee, who was a trapper and trader.


Created:  February 20, 1847

County Seat:

Columbus  1851 – 1853

Waukon     1853 – 1862

Lansing     1862 – 1867

Waukon     1867 – present


County Courthouse – Waukon


Location:  110 Allamakee Street / 1st Avenue NW

Built:  1939 – 1940

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Charles Altfillisch of Decorah

Contractor:  Rye & Henkel Construction Company of Mason City


Description: The building faces east and is a three story buff colored brick and stone structure. The east front has stone trim around the central entrance. The windows are vertical in length with panels between them. The roof line is high in the center section and drops lower on the north and south and drops to one story on the north and south wings. The building is a Works Project Administration project.


Old County Courthouse – Waukon 




Location:  109 Allamakee Street / 1st Avenue NW

Built:  1861 – 1862

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Hale, Jenkins & Pratt.

Contractor:  Hale, Jenkins & Pratt.


Description: The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick structureThe west front has a semi circular window above the entrance doorway. There is a square white cupola on the west end of the hipped roof.


Note:  The cost of construction of the 1861 courthouse was $13,655.



N – Houston County, Minnesota

E – Vernon County, Wisconsin and Crawford County, Wisconsin 

S – Clayton County

W – Winneshiek County




















Photos taken 2007