Louisa County

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Louisa County is named for Louisa Massey, who was a well known citizen because she avenged the murder of her brother when she shot the party responsible.


Created:  December 7, 1836

County Seat:

Wapello  1840 – present


County Courthouse – Wapello


Location:  117 South Main Street / Washington Street

Built:  1928 – 1929

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Keiffer, Jones and Thomas of Des Moines

Contractor:  Zohbon and Lewis of Des Moines


Description: The building faces east and is a two story buff colored brick and stone structure. The front has vertical white bands dividing the windows. A white colored horizontal band runs below the flat roof line. There is a large eagle carved in the stone above on the east front.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1840 in Middle Wapello. The second courthouse was built by E D Isett in 1854 in Wapello at a cost of $9,578. A courthouse was built in Columbus Junction in 1872 at a cost of $25,000 but was converted for use as a school when the county seat was not moved there. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $100,000.



N – Johnson County and Muscatine County

E – Mercer County, Illinois

S – Des Moines County and Henry County

W – Henry County and Washington County




















Photos taken 2008