Trails to the Past

Iowa

Mahaska County

 

 

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Mahaska County was formed in February 1843. The county has been self-governing since February 5, 1844. It was named after Chief Mahaska (read about his life in the History Page) of the Iowa tribe. The county was the first in Iowa to have a sheriff and a justice of peace.

The first courthouse was completed in January 1846. When a larger structure was required, the second courthouse was constructed in 1885-86, first being used on February 27, 1886. The first school, a small log cabin one-half mile east of Oskaloosa, was opened on September 16, 1844 and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church opened as the first church in 1846. On July 2, 1850, the first edition of the Iowa Herald was issued (today the Oskaloosa Herald). The first tracks of the Des Moines Valley Railroad were laid through the county in 1864.

Coal mining was once a major industry in Mahaska County. During the 19th century, Muchakinock, about 5 miles south of Oskaloosa, was probably the largest and most prosperous coal camp in Iowa.

On Line Data

Cities
    Barnes City
    Beacon
    Eddyville
    Fremont
    Keomah Village
    Leighton
    New Sharon
    Oskaloosa
    Rose Hill
    University Park
Unincorporated communities
    Cedar
    Hopewell
    Indianapolis
    Lacey

Townships
    Adams
    Black Oak
    Cedar
    East Des Moines
    Garfield
    Harrison
    Jefferson
    Lincoln
    Madison
    Monroe
    Pleasant Grove
    Prairie
    Richland
    Scott
    Spring Creek
    Union
    West Des Moines
    White Oak

 

Mahaska County Court House

Adjacent counties
    Jasper County (northwest)
    Poweshiek County (north)
    Keokuk County (east)
    Wapello County (southeast)
    Monroe County (southwest)
    Marion County (west)

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