Muscatine County is named for the Muscatine Native American tribe, or for the Native American word for “prairie”.
Created: December 7, 1836
Muscatine 1836 – present
County Courthouse – Muscatine
Location: 401 East 3rd Street / Walnut Street
Built: 1907 – 1908
Style: Classical Revival
Architect: J E Mills of Detroit, Michigan
Contractor: W J McAlpine of Dixon, Illinois
Description: The building faces southeast and is a three story stone and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. There is a central portico supported by four high columns rising from the second story to the pediment at the roof line. The north and south wings project from the main building. On the center of the roof is a high clock tower with open sides.
Note: The first courthouse was built in Bloomington ( Muscatine ) in 1840 at a cost of $15,000 and was destroyed by fire. The second courthouse was built by J C Farrand in 1867 at a cost of $29,000.
County Administration – Muscatine
Location: 414 East 3rd Street / Walnut Street
Description: The building faces northwest and is a two story buff colored brick structure.
Photos taken 2008