Cedar County

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Cedar County is named for the Red Cedar River which runs through the county and which river is named for the cedar tree.


Created:  December 21, 1837

County Seat:

Rochester  1840 – 1841

Tipton        1841 – present


County Courthouse – Tipton


Location:  400 Cedar Street / 4th Street

Built:  1965 – 1066

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Soenke & Wayland

Contractor:  Schoff Construction


Description: The building faces west and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. The west front has a recessed entrance in the center with three small windows above on the second story. There is a wide projecting band around the roof. The roof line is flat.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in Rochester in 1840. In 1845 a courthouse was built in Tipton. In 1859, the third courthouse was designed by W L Carroll and built by Ed Godden and Samuel Tomlinson at a cost of $45,000. The building was expanded in 1889 and 1901. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $595,000.



N – Jones County

E – Clinton County and Scott County

S – Muscatine County

W – Johnson County and Linn County











Photos taken 2008