Decatur County

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Decatur County is named for Stephen Decatur, Jr., who was a hero in the War of 1812.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Clarke County

E – Wayne County

S – Mercer County, Missouri and Harrison County, Missouri 

W – Ringgold County


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

County Seat:

Leon  1846 – present


County Courthouse – Leon


Location:  207 North Main Street / Northeast 2nd Street

Built:  1907 – 1908

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  Smith, Wetherell & Gage

Contractor:  Lauritzen Bros


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story red colored brick, iron, steel, stone, tile, marble and granite structure. The  building is located on the landscaped grounded of the Courthouse Square in the center of Leon. The foundation of the building is horizontal white colored stone with the entrance trimmed with stone on the first story. Above the entrance is a large window trimmed with stone. The east and west front sections project from the main building and wings extend east and west at the building center. Atop the roof is a high brick clock tower with open arched windows and topped by a silver colored dome. In the interior, the corridors form a cruciform plan with the center located under the dome. The building houses the County District Court of the 5A Judicial District. The superintendent during construction was J A Wilson.


See:  The 5B Judicial District includes Adair County. Clarke CountyLucas County, Ringold County, Taylor CountyUnion County and Wayne County.


History:  The county was created in 1846 and Leon was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was log structure built in 1851 at a cost of $375. The second courthouse was a small frame structure destroyed by a windstorm and the third courthouse was destroyed by fire on March 31, 1874. The fourth courthouse was constructed in 1875 at a cost of $20,000. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1907 to 1908.




County Courthouse – Leon
















Photos taken 2008