Monona County

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


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Woodbury County

E – Crawford County

S – Harrison County

W – Burt County, Nebraska and Thurston County, Nebraska


Created:  January 15, 1851                    Map of Iowa highlighting Monona County

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 is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Onawa. 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.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Monona County Courthouse


History:  The first courthouse after 1851 was the Mechanics Hall. The county seat was moved to Onawa in 1858. The second courthouse was a frame structure built by the Monona Land Company at a cost of $7,000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1891 to 1892.




County Courthouse – Onawa







Photos taken 2008