Black Hawk County

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Black Hawk

Black Hawk County is named for Black Hawk, who was chief of the Fox and Sac Native American tribes and who was a leader in the Black Hawk War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Bremer County

E – Buchanan County

S – Benton County and Tama County

W – Grundy County and Butler County


Created:  February 17, 1843                  Map of Iowa highlighting Black Hawk County

County Seat:

Cedar Falls  1853 – 1855

Waterloo      1855 – present


County Courthouse – Waterloo


Location:  316 East 5th Street / Mulberry Street

Built:  1962 – 1964

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Toenjes-Stenson and Warm

Contractor:  John G Miller Construction Company


Description: The building faces north west and is a four story glass, steel, polished stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Waterloo. The building is rectangular shaped and the northwest entrance has a brown colored polished stone section rising above the roof line. There are vertical brown polished stone sections around the building. The windows are horizontal with polished stone between the floors. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County District Court of the 1B Judicial District.


See:  The 1B Judicial District includes Buchanan CountyChichasaw CountyFayette CountyGrundy County and Howard County.


History:  The county was created in 1843 and administered by  Delaware County,  Benton County in 1845 and Buchanan County in 1851 until 1853 when Cedar Falls was designated as the county seat. The first courthouse was the Andrew Mullarky store at 1st Street and Main Street. In 1855, the county seat was moved to Waterloo and the second courthouse was a store owned by Julius Hubbard at West 5th Street and Commercial Street. The third courthouse was a two story structure built by Giles Tinker in 1855 at a cost of $27,000. The building was razed in 1907. The fourth courthouse was designed by Fremont D Orff and built by C E Atkinson in 1902 at a cost of $149,000. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1962 to 1964 at a cost of $2,850,000.




County Courthouse – Waterloo













Photos taken 2008