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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Courthouse Closing to the Public at Noon due to RAGBRAI
Ragbrai will be in Buchanan County and Independence will be accommodating the bikers and their teams on July 25, 2014.  To view all of the activities or volunteer to help, please visit www.indeeragbrai.com.
Buchanan County Fair
The Buchanan County Fair will be held from July 16 - 19, 2014. 

For more information on all the activities click here.
Severe Weather Briefing from National Weather Service

The Buchanan County Emergency Management Office encourages all of our citizens to be prepared in the times of severe weather.  Please view the National Weather Service Briefing dated 6/30/2014; and take the steps to prepare your family for the severe weather that the NWS is predicting to head our way. 

For more preparedness information please visit:  www.buchananem.com/news

USGS River Gauge Levels:  Wapsipinicon River

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