Did You Know? 1842.

Courting Johnson County.
Did You Know – the audio version

The first Court House and Jail in Iowa City (1842)

This new courthouse was 56 by 28 feet, two stories high, made of brick, and was built by James Trimble, who had previously constructed Johnson County’s first jail. It was built on Lot 8 – Block 8 on the southeast corner of Harrison and S. Clinton Streets – for $3,690. Sadly, records show that this building burned to the ground in the early 1850’s, and in 1857, was replaced with a new Johnson County Court House, which opened on South Clinton Street – the same location where our current Court House stands today.


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