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Trails to the Past

Iowa

Iowa County

 

 

Trails to the Past of Iowa is accepting any donations of genealogy materials that you may have such as marriage announcements, news articles, old obituaries, births, (you do not need the birth certificate) just the information, and biographies.  If you have any of these items please contact me Marie Miller the Iowa State Administrator.

Iowa County was formed on February 17, 1843. It was named for the Iowa River, which flows through the county.

The first courthouse was a log cabin built in 1847. This was rented by the county until 1850 when a second courthouse was completed. In 1861 construction of a third courthouse was begun. The current courthouse was built in 1892 after the county had outgrown the previous one.

Iowa County is home to the Amana Colonies, a group of settlements of German Pietists, comprising seven villages. Calling themselves the Ebenezer Society or the Community of True Inspiration (German: die Gemeinde der wahren Inspiration), they first settled in New York state near Buffalo in what is now West Seneca. However, in order to live out their beliefs in more isolated surroundings they moved west, to Iowa County in 1855, living a communal life until the mid-1930s. Today, Amana is a major tourist attraction known mainly for its restaurants and craft shops, and the colonies as a whole have been listed as a National Historic Landmark since 1965.

On Line Data

Cities
    Ladora
    Marengo
    Millersburg
    North English
    Parnell
    Victor
    Williamsburg
Census-designated places
    Amana
    Conroy
    East Amana
    High Amana
    Homestead
    Middle Amana
    South Amana
    West Amana
Other unincorporated communities
    Genoa Bluff

Townships
    English
    Greene
    Hartford
    Hilton
    Iowa
    Lincoln
    Marengo
    Pilot
    Sumner
    Troy
    Washington
    York
    New Liberty

Iowa County Court House

Adjacent counties
    Benton County (north)
    Linn County (northeast)
    Johnson County (east)
    Washington County (southeast)
    Keokuk County (south)
    Poweshiek County (west)

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