Butler County

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Butler County is named for William Butler, who was a general and an unsuccessful candidate for Vice President of the United States.


Surrounding Countyb Courthouses: 

N – Floyd County

E – Bremer County and Black Hawk County

S – Grundy County

W – Franklin County


Created:  January 15, 1851                    Map of Iowa highlighting Butler County

County Seat:

Allison  1854 – present


County Courthouse – Allison


Location:  428 6th Street / Locust Street

Built:  1975 – 1976

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Cervett-Weber & Associates of Marshalltown

Contractor:  Ramker Construction & Supply Inc.


Description: The building faces south and is a three story dark red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located a spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Allison. The center section has vertical pillars with large vertical glass windows. On the east and west sides, the building projects and then recesses along the south and north sides. The roof line is flat. The building houses the District Court of the 2A Judicial District. To the north is the Butler County Hall of Fame.


Note:  Located on the courthouse grounds, the Butler County Hall of Fame is housed in a structure that is topped off with the old cupola that was removed from the Butler County Courthouse that was built in 1881 to 1883, and torn down in 1976. The dome is 18 feet in diameter, 30 feet tall, and weighs approximately 7000 pounds.


See:  The 2A Judicial District includes Bremer County, Cerro Gordo County, Floyd CountyFranklin CountyHancock CountyMitchell CountyWinnebago County and Worth County.


History:  The county was created in 1851 and Clarksville was selected as the county seat. In 1881, the county seat was moved to Allison. The first courthouse was a wood and brick structure built by L D Harvey of Clarksville in 1881 to 1883 at a cost of $10,680. An addition was constructed in 1903 at a cost of $5,000. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1975 to 1976 at a cost of $940,000.




County Courthouse – Allison



















Picture 1883 County Courthouse

Photos taken 2008