Page County

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Page County is named for John Page, who was a captain in the Mexican-American War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Montgomery County

E – Taylor County

S – Nodaway County, Missouri and Atchison County, Missouri 

W – Fremont County

 

Created:  February 24, 1847                  Map of Iowa highlighting Page County

County Seat:

Clarinda  1853 – present

 

County Courthouse – Clarinda

 

Location:  112 East Main Street / North 16th Street

Built:  1885 – 1887

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  Foster and Leibbe

Contractor:  William Butler

 

Description: The building faces west and is a three story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Clarinda. There is a one story stone portico on the first story. The west central section projects from the main building. A wide white colored cornice with a denticular frieze runs below the projecting bracketed eave. The windows feature a variety of shapes, including rectilinear, triangular, segmental arched, and round-arched. The hoods of the round-arch windows give the illusion of being pointed. The windows on the second story are arched. In the center of the building is a high square white colored cupola with clock and steep roof having a balcony at the top. The roof is hipped. In the interior the first story hallways have arches and open stairs are located on the south and north sides of the building. A central rotunda rises to the top of the second story. A large stained glass window from the County District Court courtroom faces onto the rotunda on the second story. The County Magistrate Court courtroom is located on the west side of the building. The large County District Court courtroom is located on the east side of the building and has a high ceiling and long vertical windows. On the third story is a large meeting room under the sloped roof. The building houses the County District Court of the 4th Judicial District. The building was remodeled in 1992 to 1994.

 

Note:  The state fire marshal ordered the removal of the clock tower in 1950 because of falling bricks. It was removed the following year and replaced with a wrought iron railing and flagpole. The courthouse was gutted in a fire on December 11, 1991. A bond issue was passed by voters in August 1992 for $875,000 and another $175,000 in private donations was raised to replace the clock tower. The restored courthouse was rededicated on June 5, 1994.

 

See:  The 4th Judicial District includes Audubon County, Cass CountyFremont CountyHarrison County, Mills CountyMontgomery CountyPottawattamie County and Shelby County

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Page County Courthouse

 

History:  The county was created in 1847 and Clarinda was selected as the county seat in 1853 when the county was organized. The county official first met in 1851 two miles southeast of Clarinda. The first courthouse was built in 1853 and was destroyed by fire in 1858. The second courthouse was built in 1856 and the third courthouse was built in 1873 at a cost of $7,456. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $71,000.

 

 

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County Courthouse - Clarinda 

 

 

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County District Court courtroom

 

 

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County Magistrate Court courtroom

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2024