Nodaway County

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Nodaway County is named for the Nodaway River which is named after a Potawatomi Indian word meaning “placid” or “jump over the river”, or from the Algonquin word meaning “snake or “enemy”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Page County, Iowa and Taylor County, Iowa

E – Worth County and Gentry County

S – Andrew County

W – Holt County and Atchison County


Created:  February 14, 1845                  Map of Missouri highlighting Nodaway County

County Seat:

Maryville  1845 – present


County Courthouse –  Maryville  


Location:  305 North Main Street / West 3rd Street

Built:  1881 – 1882

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  Edmund J Eckel and George R Mann of St. Joseph

Contractor:  R K Allen


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds of Courthouse Square in the center of Maryville. The building faces is 76 feet by 111 feet and is trimmed with sandstone. A white colored stone portico is at the first story on the west front. Above the portico rises a high thin brick clock tower with steep roof. The windows are trimmed with white stone. There are dormers in the roof. Alterations were made in 1932.


See:  The architect, Edmund J Eckel and George R Mann of St. Joseph and the contractor,  R K Allen, also designed and constructed the courthouse in Atchison County.


See:  The 4th Judicial District covers Atchison CountyGentry CountyHolt CountyNodaway County and Worth County.


History:  The county was created in 1845 and Maryville was selected as the county seat. The first courts met in private homes. In 1846 to 1847, the first courthouse was a log cabin built by Benjamin Sims at a cost of $250. The second courthouse was designed by James Ray, the superintendent and constructed by James C Nelson in 1854 to 1855 at a cost of $4,461. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1881 to 1882 at a cost of $60,000.




County Courthouse – Maryville










Photos taken 2008