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
  • Illinois Central Railroad Depot

    Railroad Depot

    Chicago Rock Island Depot and the Illinois Central Depot

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City Elections
Posted 09/18/2015
Buchanan County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections is preparing for the City Elections that will be held on November 3, 2015.   To view the list of candidates click here.   

More information will be posted when it is available.

Opening for Perry Township Trustee
Posted: 09/29/2015
Buchanan County will be accepting applications for a Perry Township Trustee through October 16, 2015.  For more information and application, please click here.
DEA National Take Back Initiative 2015
Posted 09/09/2015
In a collaborative effort, Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, Buchanan County Health Center and Pathways Behavioral Services will be hosting a drop-off site for the DEA's 2015 National Take Back Day.  This event is conducted in an effort to have patients and their families dispose of unwanted or expired medications.  The National Take Back program is anonymous, and every effort will be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medication.  The drop-off location will be at Buchanan County Health Center, Meeting Room "A", 1600 First Street E., Independence, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, 2015.  Please click here to view more information.
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