Polk County is named for James Knox Polk, who was the eleventh President of the United States of America.
Created: January 26, 1856
Osceola 1856 – present
County Courthouse – Osceola
Location: 400 Hawkeye Street / North State Street
Built: 1921 – 1922
Style: Classical Revival
Architect: William F Gernandt of Omaha
Contractor: John L Soderberg & Company of Omaha
Description: The building faces south and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The south front has a projecting center section with two large white colored columns rising to a wide header above the third story. The entrance is recessed. The cornice runs along the roof line. A white colored horizontal belt runs below the second story windows. The building sits at the north side of Courthouse Square.
Note: The previous courthouse was designed by T D Allen and constructed by John Bell in 1882. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $203,132.
See: The architect, William F Gernandt of Omaha, designed courthouses in Clay County, Dawson County, Merrick County, Pawnee County, Phelps County, Richardson County, Sarpy County, Valley County and Webster County.
See: National Register of Historic Places – Polk County Courthouse
E – Butler County
S – York County
Photos taken 2009