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 of Independence Special Election
Date Posted: 6/22/2015
Buchanan County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Cindy Gosse has announced that absentee ballots for the City of Independence Special Election on August 4, 2015, will be available to be voted on Thursday, June 25, 2015.

If you have any questions, concerns or need more information on the Special Election, please contact City Hall at 319-334-2780, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

To view a sample ballot click here.
Health of Buchanan County

Date Posted:  6/9/2015

The Buchanan County Public Health Department recently completed a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) process, with subsequent Health Improvement Plan (HIP). The CHNA-HIP was approved by the Buchanan County Board of Health in April and will be submitted to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) in July. The Buchanan County CHNA-HIP is a “road map” for the Public Health Department service priorities to increase the health of Buchanan County residents.  (click on article to read more)

Preventing Melanoma

Date Posted:  6/5/2015

GRAPHIC PressRelease

Click on the link above for more information on preventing Melanoma.


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