Pocahontas County is named for Pocahontas, who was a famous Native American who played a leading role in the history of the first permanent English settlements in North America.
Created: January 15, 1851
Old Rolfe 1851 – 1875
Pocahontas 1875 – present
County Courthouse – Pocahontas
Location: 99 Courthouse Square / North Main Street
Built: 1921 – 1923
Style: Classical Greco-Roman
Architect: Proudfoot, Bird & Rawson
Contractor: Arthur H Neuman & Company
Description: The building faces south and is a three story Bedford limestone structure. The central entrance on the first story has three arches. Doric columns rise from the second to third stories along the south side. A projecting cornice runs below the roof line. The roof line is flat.
Note: The first courthouse was built at Old Rolfe in 1851. The second courthouse was built by J L Gould in 1875 at a cost of $2,600.
N – Palo Alto County
S – Calhoun County
Photos taken 2008