Marshall County

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Marshall County is named for John Marshall, who was Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Hardin County and Grundy County

E – Tama Country

S – Jasper County

W – Story County


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

County Seat:

Marietta          1852 – 1860

Marshalltown  1860 – present


County Courthouse – Marshalltown


Location:  17 East Main Street / Center Street

Built:  1884 – 1886

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  J C Cochrane

Contractor:  La Grand Quarry Company, Banzhaf & Atkinson and D W Townsend.


Description: The building faces north and is a two story limestone structure. The north front has a portico with four columns rising to a balcony at the second story. The center section projects from the main building and rises above the roof line with three statues at the top. Peaked roofs are on the east and west sides. In the building center is a high square limestone dome with clock, dome and small cupola at the top. The building houses the County District Court of the 2B Judicial District.


See:  The 2B Judicial District includes Boone County, Calhoun CountyGreene CountyHamilton CountyHardin County, Humboldt CountyPocahontas CountyStory County and Wright County.


History:  The county was created in 1846 and Marietta was selected as the county seat in 1852. The first courthouse was built in Marietta in 1852. The county seat was moved to Marshall (Marshalltown) in 1860. A second courthouse was also built in Marshall ( Marshalltown ) in 1860 and used until 1886. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1884 to 1886.




County Courthouse – Marshalltown



















Photos taken 2008