Chickasaw County

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Chickasaw

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 building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of New Hampton.The buiding is rectangular in shape and ther central entrance has a projecting overhang. The first story has horizontal stonework with a projecting ridge above. The roof line has a wide band of limestone. The courtroom is located on the second story. During construction, the superintendent was George Metcalf.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Chickasaw County Courthouse

 

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.

 

 

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County Courthouse – New Hampton

 

 

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Photos taken 2008