O’Brien County

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O’Brien County is named for William Smith O’Brien, who was an Irish patriot.

 

Created:  January 15, 1851

County Seat:

Old O’Brien  1851 – 1873

Primghar       1873 – present

 

County Courthouse – Primghar

 

Location:  155 South Hayes Avenue / 2nd Street

Built:  1915 – 1916

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Smith and Keffer

Contractor:  J E Lovejoy

 

Description: The building faces east and is a three story cream colored stone and concrete structure. The east front has six large columns rising from the second story to the top of the third story. A projecting cornice runs below the roof line. The roof line is flat.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built at Waterman in 1860 at a cost of $2,000. The second courthouse was built in 1874. At a cost of $2,000. The third courthouse was built by Green Brothers in 1887 at a cost of $6,000. An addition was constructed in 1902 by English & Metcalf. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $159,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Osceola County

E – Clay County

S – Cherokee County

W – Sioux County 

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2007