Trails to the Past

Iowa

Sac County

 

 

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 Sac 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. This brought the number of counties in the Iowa Territory to 22.

By the end of 1846, the Iowa portion of the Indiana Territory had been accepted into the Union as the State of Iowa (December 28, 1846). By 1851, the new state had grown to the extent that the original 22 counties needed to be divided into smaller, more accessible units. Accordingly, on January 15, 1851, the Iowa General Assembly enacted an omnibus bill which created 43 new counties by reducing the previous counties. Sac County was named after the Sauk people, at that time called the Sac Indians.

It took some time for the new organization to fully function. Sac City was designated the county seat in 1856, and construction of the first county courthouse was complete in 1862. By 1873 the burgeoning population had outgrown that structure and a larger (85 x 56 feet brick) building was authorized to replace it.

The new courthouse, complete with impressive bell tower, was placed in service in January 1874, and was used until 1888 when it burned. To replace that structure, the present courthouse was built. It was enlarged and remodeled in the 1980s.

On Line Data

Cities
    Auburn
    Early
    Lake View
    Lytton
    Nemaha
    Odebolt
    Sac City
    Schaller
    Wall Lake
Unincorporated communities
    Carnarvon

Townships
    Boyer Valley
    Cedar
    Clinton
    Cook
    Coon Valley
    Delaware
    Douglas
    Eden
    Eureka
    Jackson
    Levey
    Richland
    Sac
    Viola
    Wall Lake
    Wheeler

Sac County Court House

 

Adjacent counties
    Buena Vista County - north
    Calhoun County - east
    Carroll County - south and southeast
    Cherokee County - northwest
    Crawford County - south and southwest
    Ida County - west
    Pocahontas County - northeast

 

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