Union County

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Union County is named for the Union side of the American Civil War.

 

Created:  April 10, 1862

County Seat:                

Victoria     1862 – 1864

Richland   1864 – 1865

Elk Point   1865 – present

 

County Courthouse – Elk Point

 

Location:  209 East Main Street / North Court Street

Built:  1977 – 1978

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Fritzel, Kroeger, Griffin & Berg of Sioux Falls

Contractor:  Wiltgen Construction Inc. of LeMars, Iowa

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a one story yellow colored concrete structure. The building is located in the center of the city. On the south front the center entrance is glass with a curved top section. The building is rectangular with deeply scored pre-cast concrete panels. At the south front, the large glass windows are topped with a raised roof area containing clerestory windows. Projecting from the windows in an upward barrel shape, is a decorative area of wood. The building is topped with a plain, darker colored cornice. The roof line is flat. There is a small plaza along the south side of the building. The courtroom is located on the northeast side and contains a number of murals. A second courtroom is located in the basement. On the northeast side is the County Jail,

 

Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by G W Bunkhead and constructed in 1898.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Lincoln County

E – Sioux County, Iowa, Plymouth County, Iowa and Woodbury County, Iowa

S – Dakota County, Nebraska and  Dixon County, Nebraska

W – Dixon County, Nebraska and Clay County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2007, 2009 and 2018