Harrison County

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Harrison

Harrison County is named for William H Harrison, who was the ninth President of the United States of America.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Monona County and Crawford County

E – Shelby County 

S – Pottawattamie County

W – Washington County, Nebraska and Burt County, Nebraska

 

Created:  January 15, 1851                    Map of Iowa highlighting Harrison County

County Seat:

Magnolia  1851 – 1876

Logan       1876 – present

 

County Courthouse – Logan

 

Location:  111 North 2nd Avenue / East 7th Street

Built:  1910 – 1911

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Joseph Eldred Mills of Detroit, Michigan

Contractor:  W J McAlpine

 

Description: The building faces east and is a three story Bedford limestone and buff colored structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city and has a large rectangular protruding portico with recessed windows on the second and third stories. The north and south wings extend from the main building. The base of the building is course stone. On the center of the roof is square dome which is 77 feet from the ground. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County District Court of the 4th Judicial District.

 

See:  The archiect Joseph Eldred Mills also designed courthouses in Illinois in Hancock Countyin Iowa in Muscatine County and in Michigan in Sanilac County

  

Old County Courthouse – Magnolia

 

Location:  Locust Street / Main Street

Built:  1873

Style:  Federal

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description: The building faces west and is one story red colored brick structure. The building was used as a courthouse until 1876 when the county seat was moved to Logan.

 

See:  The 4th Judicial District includes Audubon County, Cass CountyFremont CountyMills CountyMontgomery CountyPage County, Pottawattamie County and Shelby County

  

History:  The county was created in 1851 and Magnolia was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1854 in Magnolia. The second courthouse was built in 1873. The county seat was moved to Logan in 1876 and the third courthouse was built in Logan by Yelsley & Stowell in 1876 at a cost of $14,000. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1910 to 1911 at a cost of $103,000 and the courthouse is made of 672,000 bricks.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Logan

 

 

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Photos taken 2008