Tama County

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Tama County is named for any of several Native American chiefs or chief’s wives.


Created:  February 17, 1843

County Seat:

Toledo  1843 – present


County Courthouse – Toledo


Location:  100 West High Street / Broadway Street

Built:  1866 – 1867

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  W R Parsons & Son

Contractor:  H B Belton and PB McCullough


Description: The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The south front has a large white stone arch with recessed entrance. The west side rises to a peaked roof with third story window. A large square brick tower rises above the entrance and has a clock and four sized steep roof. The foundation is white colored stone and the roof is corrugated iron. On the west side the walls rise to a peak at the third story.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1854 at a cost of $1,300. The cost of constructionof the present courthouse was $22,000.


County Administration – Toledo




Location:  104 West State Street / Broadway Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description: The building faces south and is a two story gray colored cladding, glass and concrete structure. The south front has a large window above the central entrance.



N – Grundy County and Black Hawk County

E – Benton County

S – Poweshiek County

W – Marshall County and Grundy County 




















Photos taken 2008