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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Iowa Concern Hotline Available to Address Avian Influenza Questions

Concerned residents both within and outside the areas affected by avian influenza are encouraged to use the Iowa Concern Hotline at 1-800-477-1985 if they have questions or need disaster counseling.  The Iowa Concern Hotline is available 24 hours a day.  All calls are free and confidential, and the operators are willing to assist wherever possible.  For more information - click here


Warnings Issued on Reemerging Synthetic Drugs The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) warned April 23 that a group of dangerous new synthetic cannabinoids have led to a dramatic spike in poison center exposure calls in the U.S. 
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City of Jesup Special Election
Buchanan County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Cindy Gosse has announced that absentee ballots for the City of Jesup Special Election on June 2, 2015, will be available to be voted on Thursday, May 14, 2015.

For more information and to view a sample ballot click here.
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