Woodbury County

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Woodbury County is named for Levi Woodbury, who was a governor of New Hampshire, United States Secretary of the Navy, United States Secretary of the Treasury and Justice of the United States Supreme Court.


Created:  January 15, 1851

County Seat:

Sioux City  1856 – present


County Courthouse – Sioux City


Location:  620 Douglas Street / 7th Street

Built:  1915 – 1918

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  William LaBarthe Steele and George Grant Elmslie and William Gray Pucell both of Minneapolis

Contractor:  Splady, Albee & Smith


Description: The building faces west and is a ten story buff colored Roman brick and granite structure. The building is located in the center of the city. The west entrance has a large square brick arch with sculptured figures representing the Spirit of Law. The main building rises five stories. In the center is a multi-story tower rising 157 feet. The interior is decorated with murals by John W Norton and has a skylight.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1857, The second courthouse was designed by William L Foster and constructed by Charles E Hedges and D T Hedges in 1878 at a cost of $75,000.



N – Plymouth County and Cherokee County

E – Ida County

S – Monona County

W – Thurston County, Nebraska,  Dakota County, Nebraska and Union County, South Dakota 





County Courthouse






















Photos taken 2008