Trails to the Past

Iowa

Cerro Gordo County

 

 

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Cerro Gordo County was formed in 1851 and takes its name from the Battle of Cerro Gordo in the Mexican-American War, where General Winfield Scott defeated the Mexican General Santa Anna on April 18, 1847.

In 1851 the first white settlers came into the area of the present county and settled on Clear Lake. Four years later, on August 7, 1855, the first elections were held and the first legal proceedings occurred in 1857. In the summer of the same year, Livonia was chosen as the new county seat. In 1858, the seat was returned to Mason City. In 1866, the first courthouse was erected, which was used until 1900. The courthouse still used today opened on November 17, 1960.

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Cities
Clear Lake
Dougherty
Mason City
Meservey
Plymouth
Rock Falls
Rockwell
Swaledale
Thornton
Ventura
Census-designated places
Burchinal
Portland
Other unincorporated communities
Cameron
Cartersville
Emery
Freeman
Hurley

Townships
Bath
Clear Lake
Dougherty
Falls
Geneseo
Grant
Grimes
Lake
Lime Creek
Lincoln
Mason
Mount Vernon
Owen
Pleasant Valley
Portland
Union

 

 

 

Adjacent counties
Worth County (north)
Mitchell County (northeast)
Floyd County (east)
Franklin County (south)
Hancock County (west)

 

 

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