Fayette County

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Fayette County is named for Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette, who was a French general and politician and who fought in the American Revolutionary War.


Created:  December 21, 1837

County Seat:

West Union  1837 – present


County Courthouse – West Union


Location:  114 North Vine Street / East Elm Street

Built:  1923 – 1924

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  J G Ralston of Waterloo

Contractor:  Tapager Construction Company of Albert Lea, Minnesota


Description: The building faces west and is a three story gray colored Bedford limestone structure. The building is located on spacious grounds. The central entrance has a projecting overhang. The main entrance doors are constructed of solid bronze.  Six large columns rise from the second to third story and divide the windows. A wide band follows the roof line with clock in the center.


Note:  A courthouse was built in 1874 and additions were constructed in 1894 to 1896. The building burned in 1922.  The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $299,000.



N – Winneshiek County

E – Clayton County 

S – Buchanan County

W – Bremer County and Chichasaw County




















Photos taken 2008