Winnebago County

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Winnebago

Winnebago County is named for the Winnebago Native American tribe that inhabited the area.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Faribault County, Minnesota and Freeborn County, Minnesota 

E – Worth County

S – Hancock County

W – Kossuth County

 

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

County Seat:

Forest City  1857 – present

 

County Courthouse – Forest City

 

Location:  126 South Clark Street / West J Street

Built:  1894 – 1896

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  Kinney & Orth

Contractor:  F A Gross

 

Description: The building faces east and is a two story buff colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Forest City. The northeast corner has a large square brick clock tower rising five stories. The front has three arches on the first story. The base of the building is course stone. The roof is hipped. The building houses the County District Court of the 2A Judicial District.  An addition was added on the west side in 2002.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Winnebago County Courthouse

 

See:  The 2A Judicial District includes Bremer County, Butler County, Cerro Gordo County, Floyd CountyFranklin CountyHancock CountyMitchell County and Worth County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1851. The county used various premises until the first courthouse was a small two story frame structure built by Martin Bumgardner in 1877 at a cost of $3,500. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1894 to 1896 at a cost of $25,000. 

 

 

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County Courthouse – Forest City

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2012