Buchanan County, Iowa

Growing, but not outgrowing our values.

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    Courthouse

    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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National Passport Awareness Month - September
Passport Services has designated September as National Passport Awareness Month.  The mission of this national campaign is to increase awareness of passport requirements and service offerings.
Sheriff's K9 Fundraiser
The 2014 BCSO Bags Tournament will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Buchanan County Fairgrounds in Independence.  Gates open at 10:00 a.m. and the tournament starts at 11:00 a.m.
For more information on the tournament and registration, please click on the above title for more information.
Board/Commission Members Needed
Buchanan County is accepting applications for Board/Commission members. Please click on the above title for more information.
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