Union County

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Union County is named for the union of the United States of America that was threatened by the American Civil War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Adair County and Madison County

E – Clarke County

S – Ringgold County

W – Adams County

Created:  January 15, 1851                    Map of Iowa highlighting Union County

County Seat:

Afton       1851 – 1890

Creston  1890 – present

 

County Courthouse – Creston

 

Location:  300 North Pine Street / West Mills Street

Built:  1951 – 1952

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Thomas W. Williamson and Victor Loebsack and Associates

Contractor:  O D Mulligan Construction Company

 

Description: The building faces east and is a three story concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Creston. The east center section projects from the main building and is faced with dark red colored stone. Two concrete pillars divide the recessed windows and doorway. The roof line is flat The building houses the County District Court of the 5B Judicial District.

 

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

 

History:  The county was created in 1851 and Afton was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in Afton in 1857 at a cost of $1,800. The second courthouse was built in 1872 at a cost of $20,000. In 1890, the county seat was moved to Creston and the third courthouse was built at a cost of $22,000. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1951 to 1952 at a cost of $300,000.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Creston

 

 

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County District Court courtroom

 

 

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County Magistrate Court courtroom

 

 

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Photos taken 2008, 2023 and 2024