Dallas County

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Dallas County is named for George M Dallas, who was Vice President of the United States of America under James K Polk.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Greene County and Boone County

E – Polk County

S – Madison County 

W – Guthrie County


Created:  January 13, 1846                    Map of Iowa highlighting Dallas County

County Seat:

Adel  1848 – present


County Courthouse – Adel


Location:  801 Court Street / North 8th Street

Built:  1901 – 1902

Style:  French Chateau

Architect:  Proudfoot and Bird of Des Moines

Contractor:  James Rowson and Son


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story gray colored Bedford stone and concrete structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Adel. The east and west sections project and have red roofed turrets on each corner. The recessed center section has an arched entrance on the first story and rises to a third story balcony with the Goddess of Justice at the top of the fourth story dormer. In the center of the building is a high square clock tower with small cupola at the top. In the interior are oak wood trim, wood floors, cast iron stairs and slate stair treads. In the center is a rotund with skylight under the dome. The courtroom has an arched ceiling with restored stencils and details, The carved judge’s bench and vintage jurors chairs remain. The building houses the County District Court of the 5A Judicial District. 


See:  The contractor, James Rowson and Son, also constructed courthouses in Jasper County and Johnson County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Dallas County Courthouse


See:  The 5A Judicial District includes Guthrie County, Jasper County, Madison County, Marion County and Warren County.


History:  The county was created in 1846 and Adel was selected as the county seat in 1848. The first courthouse was built in 1848 and the second courthouse was built in 1853. In 1853, the third courthouse was built at a cost of $20,000. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1901 to 1902 at a cost of $109,243.




County Courthouse – Adel



















Photos taken 2008