Buena Vista County is named for the Battle of Buena Vista in the Mexican-American War.
Created: January 15, 1851
Sioux Rapids 1851 – 1878
Storm Lake 1878 – present
County Courthouse – Storm Lake
Location: 215 East 5th Street / Erie Street
Built: 1969 – 1972
Architect: Frevert – Ramsey
Contractor: Mervin R Petersen Construction
Description: The building faces southwest and is a two story concrete, glass and limestone clad structure. The building has a square center section with a south wing and a west wing, forming an “L” shape. The second story protrudes over the first story. The courtroom is round and measures 30 feet in diameter.
Note: The first courthouse was built in Sioux Rapids in 1870 at a cost of $4,945. The courthouse burned in 1877 and the second courthouse was the City Hall in Storm Lake. The third courthouse was designed by J M Russell and constructed in Storm Lake in 1888 at a cost of $25,000. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $1,200,000.
N – Clay County
S – Sac County
W – Cherokee County
Photos taken 2008