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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Garage Sale - Sat 4/25/15 8:00 to Noon

Buchanan County Courthouse will be having a garage sale on Saturday, April 25, 2015 8:00 AM to NOON.  Items for sale include but not limited to:  office furniture,  large wooden tables, a variety of office chairs and miscellaneous items. 

Location:  Buchanan County Courthouse Parking Lot 210 5th AVE NE, Independence, Iowa  50644


Open Burning Ban Lifted

The burn ban for Buchanan County, Iowa will be lifted, effective April 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

For more information: click here.

Healthiest Nation 2030

National Public Health Week is April 6-12th, 2015.   For more information, please go to the Public Health Department's Press Release page

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