Webster County

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Webster County is named for Daniel Webster, who was a statesman, senator and the United States Secretary of State.


Created:  January 15, 1851

County Seat:

Homer         1853 – 1856

Fort Dodge  1856 – present


County Courthouse – Fort Dodge


Location:  701 Central Avenue / 7th Street South

Built:  1901 – 1902

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  H C Koch and Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Contractor:  Northern Building Company


Description: The building faces north and is a four story stone structure. The north front has four stone columns rising from the second to third stories. There are three square openings at the south entrance of the first story. Above the entrance rises a green colored clock tower. A projecting cornice divided the third and fourth stories.


See: The architect, H C Koch and Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, designed courthouses in Jefferson County, Mahaska County and Montgomery County and in Kansas in Marshall County.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1859 to 1861. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $100,000.



N – Humboldt County

E – Wright County and Hamilton County

S – Boone County and Greene County

W – Calhoun County and Pocahontas County




















Photos taken 2008