Audubon County

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Audubon County is named for John James Audubon, who was a famous naturalist and who died in 1855.


Created:  January 15, 1851

County Seat:

Hamlin’s Grove  1851 – 1861

Exira                  1861 – 1879

Audubon            1879 – present


County Courthouse – Audubon


Location:  318 Leroy Street / Broadway Street

Built:  1938 – 1939

Style:  Art Deco and Moderne

Architect:  Keffer & Jones of Des Moines

Contractor:  J C Mayer of Clarion


Description: The building faces southwest and is a two story buff colored brick, limestone and glass structure. The south front has wide vertical limestone dividers at the central section, separating the windows. The central entrance is framed by limestone. The base of the building is limestone. The roof line is flat.


Note:  The first court met in a school house in Hamlin’s Grove. The first courthouse was built in Exira in 1872 at a cost of $2,200. In 1884, a building was acquired in Audubon at a cost of $7,000 for use as a courthouse. The building was demolished in 1939.



N – Carroll County

E – Guthrie County

S – Cass County

W – Shelby County








Photos taken 2008