Buchanan County, Iowa

Growing, but not outgrowing our values.

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    Proposals for the first Buchanan County Courthouse were accepted in the spring of 1857.  The courthouse was completed and ready for occupancy in May of 1858.  The construction on the current courthouse began in November 1938.

    -Photo by Tom Grier, Winona, Minnesota

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    Fontana Nature Center

    Exhibits in the Nature Center help visitors understand how we can "make our home in a living environment."
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    Wapsipinicon "Old" Mill

    The Wapsipinicon Mill, a six-story grist mill, was built in 1875-67 by Samuel Sherwood. Some of its foundation stones were taken from that of an earlier mill, the New Haven Mill, built in 1854, that was used for wool processing. The mill that stands today was used at first as a flouring mill and was also a source of electrical energy from 1915 to 1940. Some structural restoration has occurred in recent years, and the mill now functions partly as an historical museum.

    -Photo by Aunna Marzen, Independence, Iowa
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    Wapsipinicon River Bridge

    Western side of the Wapsipinicon River Bridge, which carries Iowa Highway 150 over the Wapsipinicon River in Independence, Buchanan County, Iowa. Built in 1926, the concrete spandrel arch bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    -Photo by Bruce A. Harms, Summer 1996
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    Railroad Depot

    Chicago Rock Island Depot and the Illinois Central Depot

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Proposed County Budget
The public hearing for the FY16 Buchanan County Budget will be held March 9, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors' chambers of the Courthouse.  To review the proposed budget please click on the link:
FY16 Proposed Budget for Buchanan County
Measles Prevention in Buchanan County

The United States is currently experiencing a large, multi-state outbreak of measles linked to an amusement park in California. More than 100 people from 14 states in the U.S. (AZ, CA, CO, IL, MI, MN, NE, NY, OR, PA, SD, TX, UT, WA) have been confirmed as having measles. As of 2/5/2015 there are no confirmed measles cases in Iowa

“This national measles outbreak has brought the protection provided by vaccinations back into the spotlight,” said Buchanan County Public Health Director Amy Marlow.  “It’s always important to keep your vaccinations up-to-date, but during times like this, when we know a virus is circulating in many states, it’s especially critical to check with your health care provider to be sure you and your family’s vaccinations are current.” The best way to prevent measles is to get the measles-mumps-rubella shot (called MMR). Two doses of MMR will provide more than 99 percent of people lifelong protection against measles.

Still Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine

The Director of Buchanan County Public Health encourages the residents of Buchanan County to (1) get a flu shot if they have not already done so, (2) stay home until fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications, and (3) Practice the 3 C’s.

Cover Your Cough.  Use a tissue or your elbow.
Clean Your Hands.  Use soap and water or hand sanitizer.
Contain Germs.  Stay home when sick. 

You can contact your family health care provider for a flu shot or our webpage lists where flu shots are still available in our community. 

Influenza - get the 'Facts'. 

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