Howard County

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Howard

Howard County is named for Tilghman Ashurst Howard, who was a United States Senator from Indiana and a general in Tennessee and Indiana.

 

Created:  January 15, 1851

County Seat:

Vernon Springs   1855

Howard Center   1855 – 1859

Pikes Peak          1859 – 1867

Cresco                1867 – present

 

County Courthouse – Cresco

 

Location:  137 North Elm Street / 1st Avenue West

Built:  1878 – 1880

Style:  Italianate-Classical

Architect:   J L Harlow

Contractor:  B D Everingham

 

Description: The building faces west and is is a two story red colored brick and limestone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. The building has a central section with entrance on the first story and large arched window and two smaller arched windows on the second story. The building extends outward on the north and south sides. On the center of the roof is a square white wood cupola with steep roof. In 1964, additions were added at the front on the north and south sides.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in Pikes Peak in 1859. The second courthouse was built in Cresco in 1867 and burned down in 1876.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Mower County, Minnesota and Fillmore County, Minnesota

E – Winneshiek County

S – Chickasaw County

W – Mitchell County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2017