Van Buren County

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Van Buren

Van Buren County is named for Martin Van Buren, who was President of the United States of America.

 

Created:  December 7, 1836

County Seat:

Farmington  1837 – 1838

Keosauqua   1838 – present

 

County Courthouse – Keosauqua

 

Location:  406 Dodge Street / Broadway Street

Built:  1840 – 1843

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  John Fairman and James Hall

Contractor:  John Fairman and James Hall

 

Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story light red colored brick structure. One foot square oak timbers support the floor. The roof eaves extend out from the building. The windows have stone headers and lentils. The interior is finished in walnut. The courtroom is on the second story. Edwin Manning completed construction of the building from 1841 to 1843. On the west side is the new courthouse addition.

 

Note:  The present courthouse is the oldest courthouse in Iowa.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Jefferson County

E – Henry County and Lee County

S – Clark County, Missouri and Scotland County, Missouri

W – Davis County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2008