Trails to the Past

Iowa

Fayette County

 

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Fayette County was founded on December 21, 1837 as a part of Wisconsin Territory. It was named after Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette, a French general and politician, who came to America in 1777 in order to fight in the Revolutionary War, and who was named Major General of the Continental Army. The county was formed as part of a large reorganization of Dubuque County, which at that time comprised most of the northern half of Iowa, Minnesota, and parts of the Dakotas. Fayette County was granted the Minnesota and Dakotas territory on that date. It became part of Iowa Territory when it was formed on July 4, 1838. Fayette County's size was drastically reduced into land that was part of the modern state of Iowa in 1843, then further split in 1847 after Iowa had achieved statehood. The county was organized in 1850.

On Line Data

Cities
Arlington
Clermont
Elgin
Fayette
Fairbank
Hawkeye
Maynard
Oelwein
Randalia
St. Lucas
Stanley
Wadena
Waucoma
West Union
Westgate
Unincorporated communities
Alpha
Donnan
Oran
Richfield

Townships
Auburn
Banks
Bethel
Center
Clermont
Dover
Eden
Fairfield
Fremont
Harlan
Illyria
Jefferson
Oran
Pleasant Valley
Putnam
Scott
Smithfield
Union
Westfield
Windsor

Fayette County Court House

Adjacent counties
Allamakee County (northeast)
Black Hawk County (southwest)
Buchanan County (south)
Bremer County (west)
Chickasaw County (northwest)
Clayton County (east)
Delaware County (southeast)
Winneshiek County (north)

 

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