Guthrie County

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Guthrie County is named for Edwin B Guthrie, who was a soldier in the American-Mexican War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Carroll County and Greene County

E – Dallas County

S – Adair County

W – Audubon County


Created:  July 8, 1851                            Map of Iowa highlighting Guthrie County

County Seat:

Panora              1851 – 1859

Guthrie Center  1859 – present


County Courthouse – Guthrie Center


Location:  200 North 5th Street / Main Street

Built:  1963 – 1964

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Dougher-Frevert-Ramsey

Contractor:  Allied Engineering Company Inc.


Description: The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and concrete  structure. The west front has a one story portico towards the south with glass entrance. Towards the north there are vertical concrete dividers between the windows and pink colored panels between the upper and lower windows. The courtroom is located southwest corner of the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the 5A Judicial District.


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


History:  The county was created in 1851 and Panora was selected as the county seat. The county seat was moved to Guthrie Center in 1859. The first courthouse was built in 1859 at a cost of $2,400. The second courthouse was built in 1877 at a cost of $22,500 and burned on March 3, 1882, The third courthouse was designed by Blake & Lee and constructed by John E Motz in 1883. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1963 to 1964 at a cost of $417,000.




County Courthouse – Guthrie Center
















Picture 1883 County Courthouse




Picture 1877 County Courthouse

Photos taken 2008