Trails to the Past

Iowa

Clinton County

 

 

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Clinton County was formed on December 21, 1837. It was named for DeWitt Clinton, a Governor of New York and most ardent advocate for the construction of the Erie Canal. The cities of DeWitt and Clinton were also named after him.
In 1835, Elijah Buell built a log cabin for himself and his family and was thus the first settler of the region. In 1854, the first newspaper was issued and in 1858, the Lyons Female College for girls opened its doors. The tuition was set at $175 per student.

The county has used three courthouses in its history. The structure currently in use was constructed in Romanesque style and opened in 1897.

Early Settlement Clinton county was first settled in 1836, by Mr. Bourne, who located upon Sec. 1, T. 80, R. 4, East. The county was surveyed in 1837, by the Messrs. Burtz. The Surveyor General's office was then at Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1840, the county was organized by Sheriff Bourne. In 1841, R. R. Bedford and others formed a little settlement at De Witt, and during the same year Messrs. Wheeler and Evans erected a log court-house. In stepping from the past to the present, we quote the language of one of the "oldest inhabitants." He says: "Clinton County was originally settled by the poorest class of people on God's earth; and it is with great pleasure that I have witnessed their progress, slow but sure, and now find the most of them very comfortably situated."

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Cities
Andover
Calamus
Camanche
Charlotte
Clinton
DeWitt
Delmar
Goose Lake
Grand Mound
Lost Nation
Low Moor
Toronto
Welton
Wheatland
Unincorporated communities
Bryant
Elwood
Elvira
Teeds Grove
Big Rock
Folletts
Buena Vista

Townships
Bloomfield
Brookfield
Camanche
Center
De Witt
Deep Creek
Eden
Elk River
Grant
Hampshire
Liberty
Olive
Orange
Sharon
Spring Rock
Washington
Waterford
Welton

Clinton County Court House

 

 

Adjacent counties
Jackson County (north)
Carroll County, Illinois (northeast)
Whiteside County, Illinois (east)
Rock Island County, Illinois (southeast)
Scott County (south)
Cedar County (southwest)
Jones County (northwest)

 

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