Monona County

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Monona

Monona County is named for the Native American word meaning “beautiful valley”.

 

Created:  January 15, 1851

County Seat:

Ashton  1851 – 1858

Onawa   1858 – present

 

County Courthouse – Onawa

 

Location:  610 Iowa Avenue / 7th Street

Built:  1891 – 1892

Style:  Romanesque Revival and Victoriann

Architect:  S E Maxon

Contractor:  P H Wind

 

Description: The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building has a square brick tower extending from the building at the south entrance. The entrance is a wide arch with stone trim. Above the entrance is a large arched window with three windows on the third story. In the center of the building rises a high square brick tower with peaked roof.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was housed in Mechanics’ Hall in Ashton. The second courthouse was built in 1858 in Onawa at a cost of $7,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Woodbury County

E – Crawford County

S – Harrison County

W – Burt County, Nebraska and Thurston County, Nebraska

 

 

                       

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Photos taken 2008