Trails to the Past

Iowa

Polk County

 

 

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Polk County
On January 13, 1846, the legislative body of the Indiana Territory authorized creation of twelve counties in the Iowa Territory, with general descriptions of their boundaries. On January 17 they further enacted a resolution setting the effective date of the county government for Jasper and Polk Counties as March 1, 1846. Polk County's name referred to United States President James K. Polk, who served from 1845 to 1849.

The first courthouse, a two-story structure, was built in Des Moines in 1846. Rapid settlement and commercial growth in the county soon rendered this building insufficient, so construction of a larger building was initiated in 1858. Due to construction delays and the onset of the Civil War, the structure was not completed until 1866. The present courthouse was erected in 1906, and in 1962 it was extensively renovated and enlarged.

On Line Data

Cities
    Alleman
    Altoona
    Ankeny
    Bondurant
    Carlisle
    Clive
    Des Moines
    Elkhart
    Granger
    Grimes
    Johnston
    Mitchellville
    Norwalk
    Pleasant Hill
    Polk City
    Runnells
    Sheldahl
    Urbandale
    West Des Moines
    Windsor Heights
Census-designated place
    Saylorville
Unincorporated communities
    Avon
    Berwick
    Enterprise
    Farrar
    Herrold

Townships
    Allen
    Beaver
    Bloomfield
    Camp
    Clay
    Crocker
    Delaware
    Des Moines
    Douglas
    Elkhart
    Four Mile
    Franklin
    Jefferson
    Lee
    Lincoln
    Madison
    Saylor
    Union
    Walnut
    Washington
    Webster

Polk County Court House

 

 

 

 

 

Adjacent counties
    Boone - northwest
    Dallas - west
    Jasper - east
    Madison - southwest
    Marion - southeast
    Story - north
    Warren - south

 

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