Humboldt County

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Humboldt County is named for Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt, who was a famous German scientist, explorer and statesman.


Created:  August 31, 1857

County Seat:

Dakota City  1857 – present


County Courthouse – Dakota City


Location:  203 Main Street / 3rd Street North

Built:  1938 – 1939

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Dougher, Rich & Woodburn of Des Moines

Contractor:  Holtze Construction Company of Sioux City


Description: The building faces south and  is a three story rectangular brick structure. The building is constructed with gray and buff colored brick and trimmed with Bedford stone. The south entrance is flanked by large Art Deco lamps. The roof line is flat.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1873 at a cost of $5,000. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $170,000.



N – Kossuth County 

E – Wright County

S – Webster County

W – Pocahontas County











Photos taken 2008