Lucas County

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Lucas

Lucas County is named for Robert Lucas, who was a Governor of the Iowa Territory.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Warren County and Marion County

E – Monroe County

S – Wayne County

W – Clarke County

 

Created:  January 13, 1846                    Map of Iowa highlighting Lucas County

County Seat:

Chariton  1850 – present

 

County Courthouse – Charlton

 

Location:  916 Braden Avenue / North Main Street

Built:  1893 – 1894

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  Foster & Liebbe

Contractor:  D Eikenberry and G J Stewart

 

Description: The building faces north and is a three story buff colored sandstone structure. The building is located on the spacious landscaped grounds of the Public Square in the center of Chariton. The north front has a center section with large arched entrance on the first story and above it rises to a peak at the third story. The windows are vertical and narrow. On the northwest corner of the building is a large square sandstone clock tower with turrets on each corner. The roof is hipped. In the interior is a central lobby with dual wood stairs ascending to the third story. The floors have ceramic tiles.  The County District Court courtroom is located on the east side of the third story. The building houses the County District Court of the 5B Judicial District. 

 

See:  The 5B Judicial District includes Adair County. Clarke CountyDecatur CountyRingold County, Taylor CountyUnion County and Wayne County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1846 and Charlton was selected as the county seat in 1850 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was built in 1880 at a cost of $374. The second courthouse was built at a cost of $18,000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1893 to 1894 at a cost of $59,670.

 

 

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County Courthouse - Charlton 

 

 

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County District Court courtroom

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2024