Ida County is named for Ida Smith, who was the first European-American born in the county.
Created: January 15, 1851
Ida Grove 1851 – present
County Courthouse – Ida Grove
Location: 401 Moorehead Street / 4th Street
Built: 1880 – 1883
Architect: J P Bryant
Contractor: W Townsend and J M Starbuck
Description: The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The west front has a 110 foot square brick tower with steep peaked silver roof. The north and south sides project in tiers with a peaked roof at the top of the center section. The building was remodeled in 1930 and 1936. In 1982, the Courthouse Annex was constructed on the south side of the building and houses the County Administration.
Note: The first courthouse was built in 1872 and a fire destroyed the building in 1877.
N – Cherokee County
E – Sac County
S – Crawford County
W – Woodbury County
Photos taken 2008