Chickasaw County

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Chickasaw County is named for the Chickasaw Native American tribe whose Chief was Bradford.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Howard County

E – Winneshiek County and Fayette County

S – Bremer County

W – Floyd County


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

County Seat:

Bradford           1854 – 1857

New Hampton  1857 – present


County Courthouse – New Hampton


Location:  8 East Prospect Street / North Chestnut Avenue

Built:  1929 – 1930

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Ralston & Ralston of Waterloo

Contractor:  Tapager Construction Company of Albert Lea, Minnesota


Description: The building faces south and  is a three story gray Bedford limestone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of New Hampton. The central entrance has a projecting overhang. The first story has horizontal stonework with a projecting ridge above. The roof line is flat and has a wide band of limestone. In the interior there is a central lobby which rises to a skylight at the third story. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the 1B Judicial District. During construction, the superintendent was George Metcalf.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Chickasaw County Courthouse


See:  The 1B Judicial District includes Black Hawk County, Buchanan CountyFayette CountyGrundy County and Howard County.


History:  The county was created in 1851 and Bradford was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a log structure built in Bradford in 1854. In 1857, the county seat was moved to New Hampton. The second courthouse was a small frame structure built in New Hampton in 1865. The building enlarged in 1876 and was destroyed by fire on March 26, 1880. The third courthouse was a brick and stone structure designed and built by Louis Brown in 1881 at a cost of $10,500. Additions were added in 1905 and 1906 designed by Harry E Netcott. The building burned in 1928. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1929 to 1930 at a cost of $134,000.




County Courthouse – New Hampton

















Photos taken 2008