Worth County

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Worth County is named for William Jenkins Worth, who was a soldier in the Florida War and a general in the Mexican-American War.


Created:  February 8, 1861 

County Seat:

Smithdon ( Worthville )  1861 – 1863

Grant City                      1863 – present


County Courthouse –  Grant City


Location:  11 West 4th Street / Main Street

Built:  1897 – 1899

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  Fremont C Orff and Ernest F Guilbert of Minneapolis, Minnesota

Contractor:  Stansberry Press Brick Company


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. Built of hard red colored brick, the building has a large square tower with peaked roof at each corner with stone rim and measures 71 by 80 feet. The south front has a one story centre projection with three arches and balcony on the second story. There are dormer windows at the roof line on the third story. In the center of the building is an octagonal white cupola with white dome with conical roof.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1864 at a cost of $600. In 1866, the second courthouse was built by John F Mason at a cost of $1000. The cost of the present courthouse was $19,360.



N – Taylor County, Iowa and Ringgold County, Iowa

E – Harrison County

S – Gentry County

W – Nodaway County





County Courthouse



















Photos taken 2009