Cass County

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Cass County is named for Lewis Cass, who was a senator and presidential candidate from Michigan.


Created:  January 15, 1851

County Seat:

Indiantown  1853

Lewis          1853 – 1869

Atlantic        1869 – present


County Courthouse – Atlantic


Location:  5 West 7th Street / Chestnut Street

Built:  1933 – 1934

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Dougher, Rich and Woodburn of Des Moines

Contractor:  C C Larsen & Sons Company of Council Bluffs


Description: The building faces north and is a two story buff colored brick structure. The building is trimmed with Indiana limestone. The north front has a small overhang at the first story entrance. Above are three recessed window areas on the second and third stories. The east and west wings are one story and extend from the main building.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1869. The second courthouse was designed by John Cochrane and built in 1888. The building was destroyed by fire in 1932. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $119,000.



N – Shelby County and Audubon County

E – Adair County

S – Adams County and Montgomery County

W – Pottawattomie County

















Photos taken 2008