Pocahontas County

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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

County Seat:

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

E – Humboldt County and Webster County

S – Calhoun County

W – Buena Vista County

















Photos taken 2008