Ringgold County

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Ringgold County is named for Samuel B Ringgold, who was a soldier killed in the American-Mexican War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Union County

E – Decatur County

S – Harrison County, Missouri and Worth County, Missouri 

W – Taylor County


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

County Seat:

Mount Ayr  1853 – present


County Courthouse – Mount Ayr


Location:  109 West Madison Street / North Taylor Street

Built:  1926 – 1927

Style:  Tudor Revival and Classical Revival

Architect:  Keffer & Jones

Contractor:  L T Grisman Company


Description: The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Mount Ayr. The rectangular building is 86 feet by 91 feet. White colored stone trim runs horizontally between the first and second stories and above the third story where a stone cornice projects. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County District Court of the 5B Judicial District.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Ringgold County Courthouise


See:  The 5B Judicial District includes Adair County. Clarke CountyDecatur CountyLucas County, Taylor CountyUnion County and Wayne County.


History:  The county was created in 1847 and Mount Ayr was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1856. The courthouse was destroyed by a cyclone on June 8, 1858. The second courthouse was built of native lumber in 1858 at a cost of $3,500. The third courthouse was a brick and stone structure designed by Eckel & Mann and built by R K Allen in 1883 at a cost of $36,455. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1926 to 1927 at a cost of $132,533.




County Courthouse - Mount Ayr 













Photos taken 2008