Winneshiek County

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Winneshiek County is named for Winneshiek, who was a chief of the Winnebago Native American tribe.


Created:  February 20, 1847

County Seat:

Decorah 1847 – present


County Courthouse – Decorah


Location:  201 West Main Street / Court Street

Built:  1903 – 1904

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Kinney & Detweiler of Minneapolis, Minnesota

Contractor:  O H Olson


Description: The building faces north and is a two story brownish colored stone structure which is located on a small hill with landscaped grounds. The north front has a large portico supported by four large columns with the pediment at the roof line. The recessed entrance is arched with a small stone balcony above. Stone figures decorate the entrance. The corner pavilions extend from the building. The base is a red colored stone. In the center of the building is a high square dome with clock and small round dome at the top with green roof.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1858 at a cost of $18,000. The present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $125,000.



N – Fillmore County, Minnesota and Houston County, Minnesota

E – Allamakee County

S – Fayette County

W – Chickasaw County and Howard County




County Courthouse
















Photos taken 2007