Buena Vista County

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Buena Vista

Buena Vista County is named for the Battle of Buena Vista in the Mexican-American War.


Created:  January 15, 1851

County Seat:

Sioux Rapids 1851 – 1878

Storm Lake    1878 – present


County Courthouse – Storm Lake


Location:  215 East 5th Street / Erie Street

Built:  1969 – 1972

Style:  Modern

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

E – Pocahontas County

S – Sac County

W – Cherokee County

















Photos taken 2008