Iowa County Histories

Flag of IowaIowa Territory became Iowa, the 29th state on 28 December 1846, by which point 44 counties were in existence. The first two, Des Moines County and Dubuque County, were created in 1834 when Iowa was still part of the Michigan Territory.

Counties continued to be created by the state government until 1857, when the last county, Humboldt County, was created.

One of the most significant days in Iowa county history was January 15, 1851, on which day 49 counties were created. Interestingly, Iowa has one of the fewest number of counties whose boundaries are dictated by natural means, the vast majority being formed by lines of survey instead, resulting in a large number of “box counties”

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  1. R.A. SMITHA HISTORY OF DICKINSON COUNTY, TOGETHER WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE SPIRIT LAKE MASSACRE AND THE INDIAN TROUBLES ON THE NORTHWESTERN FRONTIER., THE KENYON PRINTING & MFG. CO., 1902
  2. BIOGRAPHICAL & HISTORICAL RECORD OF RINGGOLD & UNION COUNTIES, …WITH PERSONAL HISTORIES OF MANY OF THE LEADING FAMILIES, & A CONCISE HISTORY OF RINGGOLD & UNION COS. & THEIR CITIES & VILLAGES., LEWIS PUB. CO., 1887
  3. BIOGRAPHICAL & HISTORICAL RECORD OF WAYNE & APPANOOSE COUNTIES, …WITH PERSONAL HISTORIES OF MANY OF THE LEADING FAMILIES, & A CONCISE HISTORY OF WAYNE & APPANOOSE COS. & THEIR CITIES & VILLAGES., INTERSTATE PUB. CO., 1886
  4. BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF CRAWFORD, IDA & SAC COUNTIES., LEWIS PUB. CO., 1893
  5. BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF FREMONT & MILLS COUNTIES., LEWIS PUB. CO., 1901
  6. BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY, CONTAINING … ENGRAVINGS OF PROMINENT CITIZENS OF POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY, WITH PERSONAL HISTORIES OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLERS & LEADING FAMILIES., LEWIS PUB. CO., 1891
  7. BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF SHELBY & AUDUBON COUNTIES, …WITH PERSONAL HISTORIES OF MANY OF THE LEADING FAMILIES, & A CONCISE HISTORY OF WAYNE & APPANOOSE COS. & THEIR CITIES & VILLAGES., W.S. DUNBAR, 1889
  8. BIOGRAPHICAL RECORDS OF CALHOUN COUNTY., S.J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1902
  9. COMPENDIUM OF HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY OF CASS COUNTY: PIONEER HISTORY-PATRIOTIC WAR RECORD-DETAILED TWP. HISTORY, WITH SKETCHES OF TOWNS, CITIES & PROMINENT CITIZENS & INSTITUTIONS-BIOGRAPHIES OF OLD SETTLERS, ETC., HENRY TAYLOR & CO., 1906
  10. JOHNSON BRIGHAMDES MOINES, THE PIONEER OF MUNICIPAL PROGRESS AND REFORM OF THE MIDDLE WEST, TOGETHER WITH THE HISTORY OF POLK CO. VOL 1, S.J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1911
  11. JOHNSON BRIGHAM, DES MOINES, THE PIONEER OF MUNICIPAL PROGRESS AND REFORM OF THE MIDDLE WEST, TOGETHER WITH THE HISTORY OF POLK CO. VOL 2, S.J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1911
  12. JOHNSON BRIGHAM, DES MOINES, THE PIONEER OF MUNICIPAL PROGRESS AND REFORM OF THE MIDDLE WEST, TOGETHER WITH THE HISTORY OF POLK CO. VOL 3, S.J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1911
  13. J.H. POWERS, HISTORICAL & REMINISCENCES OF CHICKASAW COUNTY, HIGGINSON BOOK COMPANY, 1894
  14. WESTERN HISTORICAL CO, HISTORY OF BENTON COUNTY, CONTAINING A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY…AND A BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF ITS CITIZENS., WESTERN HIST. CO., 1878
  15. HARTMAN, JOHN C, HISTORY OF BLACK HAWK COUNTY & ITS PEOPLE. VOL 1, S.J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1915
  16. HISTORY OF BLACK HAWK COUNTY & ITS PEOPLE. VOL 2, S.J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1915
  17. HISTORY OF BOONE COUNTY, CONTAINING A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY…AND A BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF ITS CITIZENS., UNION HISTORICAL COMPANY, 1880
  18. CHURCH & CHAPPELLHISTORY OF BUCHANAN COUNTY & ITS PEOPLE. VOL 1, S.J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1914
  19. CHURCH & CHAPPELL, HISTORY OF BUCHANAN COUNTY & ITS PEOPLE. VOL 2, S.J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY,
  20. HISTORY OF BUTLER & BREMER COUNTIES, TOGETHER WITH BIOGRAPHIES VOL 1, UNION HISTORICAL COMPANY, 1883
  21. HISTORY OF BUTLER & BREMER COUNTIES, TOGETHER WITH BIOGRAPHIES VOL 2, UNION HISTORICAL COMPANY, 1883
  22. PAUL MACLEAN, HISTORY OF CARROLL COUNTY, A RECORD OF SETTLEMENT, ORGANIZATION, PROGRESS & ACHIEVEMENT., S.J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1912
  23. HISTORY OF CEDAR COUNTY, CONTAINING A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY, ITS CITIES, TOWNS, ETC. [WITH A] BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY., WESTERN HIST. CO., 1878
  24. WHEELER, J. H, HISTORY OF CERRO GORDO COUNTY…CONTAINING SKETCHES OF REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS., LEWIS PUB. CO, 1910
  25. WHEELER, J. H, HISTORY OF CERRO GORDO COUNTY…CONTAINING SKETCHES OF REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS., LEWIS PUB. CO., 1910
  26. W.C. GILBREATH, HISTORY OF CLAY COUNTY, CONTAINING A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY, TOWNS, ETC., A BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF ITS CITIZENS, EARLY INCIDENTS & EVENTS; GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT, ETC., 1879
  27. PRICE, REALTO E, HISTORY OF CLAYTON COUNTY, FROM THE EARLIEST HISTORICAL TIMES DOWN TO THE PRESENT. WITH GENEALOGICAL & BIOGRAPHICAL RECORDS. VOL 1 & VOL2 (1 BOOK), ROBERT O. LAW CO., 1916
  28. HARRY E. DOWNER, HISTORY OF DAVENPORT & SCOTT COUNTY. VOL 1, S.J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1910
  29. DOWNER, HARRY E, HISTORY OF DAVENPORT & SCOTT COUNTY. VOL 2, S.J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1910
  30. HISTORY OF DELAWARE COUNTY, CONTAINING A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY, ITS CITIES, TOWNS, ETC.; BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF CITIZENS; ETC., WESTERN HIST. CO., 1878
  31. BARROWS, FREDERIC IRVING, HISTORY OF FAYETTE COUNTY, CONTAINING…A BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF ITS CITIZENS. WITH MODERN EVERY-NAME INDEX., WESTERN HIST. CO., 1878
  32. HISTORY OF FLOYD COUNTY, TOGETHER WITH SKETCHES OF ITS CITIES, VILLAGES & TOWNSHIPS;…PORTRAITS OF PROMINENT PERSONS & BIOGRAPHIES OF REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS., INTERSTATE PUB. CO., 1882
  33. HISTORY OF HARDIN COUNTY, TOGETHER WITH SKETCHES OF ITS TOWNS, VILLAGES & TWPS….; PORTRAITS OF PROMINENT PERSONS; & BIOGRAPHIES OF REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS., UNION HISTORICAL COMPANY, 1883
  34. JOE H. SMITH, HISTORY OF HARRISON COUNTY, INCLUDING A CONDENSED HISTORY OF THE STATE; EARLY SETTLEMENT OF THE COUNTY; ITS TOPOGRAPHY & NATURAL ADVANTAGES; SKETCHES OF ITS PIONEERS, ETC., IOWA PR. CO., 1888
  35. HISTORY OF HENRY COUNTY, CONTAINING A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY, ITS CITIES, TOWNS, ETC. WITH BIOGRAPHIES., WESTERN HIST. CO., 1879
  36. HISTORY OF JACKSON COUNTY, CONTAINING A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY…AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ITS CITIZENS., WESTERN HIST. CO., 1879
  37. WESTERN HISTORICAL CO, HISTORY OF JASPER COUNTY…ITS CITIES, TOWNS, ETC.; BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF CITIZENS;…PORTRAITS OF EARLY SETTLERS & PROMINENT MEN, ETC., WESTERN HIST. CO., 1878
  38. WESTERN HISTORICAL COHISTORY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, CONTAINING A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY, ITS CITIES, TOWNS, ETC., BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF CITIZENS, ETC., WESTERN HIST. CO., 1879
  39. HISTORY OF JOHNSON COUNTY, CONTAINING A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY & ITS TOWNSHIPS, CITIES & VILLAGES FROM 1836 TO 1882, TOGETHER WITH BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF MANY ENTERPRISING FARMERS, MERCHANTS, MECHANINS, PROFESSIONAL & BUSINESSMEN, ETC., AUTHOR NOT IDENTIFIED., 1883
  40. HISTORY OF JONES COUNTY, CONTAINING A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY, ITS CITIES, TOWNS, ETC., WITH BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF CITIZENS…, WESTERN HIST. CO., 1879
  41. HISTORY OF KEOKUK COUNTY., UNION HISTORICAL COMPANY, 1880
  42. HISTORY OF KOSSUTH, HANCOCK & WINNEBAGO COUNTIES, TOGETHER WITH SKETCHES OF THEIR CITIES, VILLAGES & TOWNSHIPS, …MILITARY & POLITICAL HISTORY; PORTRAITS OF PROMINENT PERSONS; & BIOGRAPHIES OF REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS., UNION HISTORICAL COMPANY, 1884
  43. HISTORY OF LEE COUNTY: A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY, ITS CITIES, TOWNS; A BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF ITS CITIZENS, ETC., BROOKHAVEN PRESS, 1879
  44. BROOKHAVEN PRESS, HISTORY OF LINN COUNTY, CONTAINING A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY, ITS CITIES, TOWNS, ETC.; BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF CITIZENS; ETC., BROOKHAVEN PRESS, 1878
  45. HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY, CONTAINING A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY, ITS CITIES, TOWNS, ETC.; A BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF ITS CITIZENS; …PORTRAITS OF EARLY SETTLERS & PROMINENT MEN; ETC., UNION HISTORICAL COMPANY, 1879
  46. UNION HISTORICAL COMPANY, HISTORY OF MAHASKA COUNTY. WITH BIOGRAPHIES., UNION HISTORICAL COMPANY, 1878
  47. HISTORY OF MARSHALL COUNTY., WESTERN HIST. CO., 1878
  48. UNION PUB. CO., HISTORY OF MITCHELL & WORTH COUNTIES., UNION HISTORICAL COMPANY, 1884
  49. HISTORY OF MONONA COUNTY, CONTAINING PORTRAITS & BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT & REPRESENTATIVE CITIENS OF THE COUNTY. WITH MODERN EVERY-NAME INDEX., NAT’L PUB. CO., 1890
  50. WESTERN HISTORICAL COHISTORY OF MONROE COUNTY, CONTAINING A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY, ITS CITIES, TOWNS, ETC. WITH A BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF CITZENS., WESTERN HIST. CO., 1878
  51. HISTORY OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY, CONTAINING A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY, ITS CITIES, TOWNS, ETC.; A BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF ITS CITIZENS; …PORTRAITS OF EARLY SETTLERS & PROMINENT MEN; ETC., IOWA HIST. & BIOGRAPHICAL CO., 1881
  52. HISTORY OF MUSCATINE COUNTY, A HISTORY OF …ITS CITIES, TOWNS, ETC.; BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF CITIZENS; PORTRAITS OF EARLY SETTLERS & PROMINENT MEN; ETC., WESTERN HIST. CO., 1879
  53. D.A.W. PERKINS, HISTORY OF O’BRIEN COUNTY, FROM ITS ORGANIZATION TO THE PRESENT TIME., BROWN & SAENGER, 1897
  54. D.A.W. PERKINS, HISTORY OF OSCEOLA COUNTY, FROM ITS ORGANIZATION TO THE PRESENT TIME., BROWN & SAENGER, PRINTERS, 1892
  55. HISTORY OF PAGE CO., CONTAINING A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY, ITS CITIES, TOWNS, ETC. WITH A BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY., IOWA HIST. CO., 1880
  56. W.L. KERSHAW, HISTORY OF PAGE COUNTY; ALSO BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME PROMINENT CITIZENS OF THE COUNTY. VOL 1, S.J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1909
  57. KERSHAW, W. L, HISTORY OF PAGE COUNTY; ALSO BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME PROMINENT CITIZENS OF THE COUNTY.VOL 2, S.J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1909
  58. DWIGHT G. MCCARTY, HISTORY OF PALO ALTO COUNTY., TORCH PRESS, 1910
  59. HISTORY OF POWESHIEK COUNTY. WITH 2000 INDEX COMPILED BY POWESHIEK CO. HIST. & GEN. SOCIETY., UNION HISTORICAL COMPANY, 1880
  60. SAMUEL D. CHAPMAN, HISTORY OF TAMA COUNTY, ITS CITIES, TOWNS & VILLAGES, WITH EARLY REMINISCENCES, PERSONAL INCIDENTS & ANECDOTES, & A COMPLETE BUSINESS DIRECTORY OF THE COUNTY. VOL 1, PRINTED AT THE TOLEDO TIMES OFFICE, 1879
  61. GEORGE A. ISE, HISTORY OF UNION COUNTY, FROM THE EARLIEST HISTORIC TIMES TO 1908; ALSO BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME PROMINENT CITIZENS OF THE COUNTY., UNIGRAPHIC, 1908
  62. HISTORY OF VAN BUREN COUNTY, CONTAINING A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY, ITS CITIES, TOWNS, ETC.; BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF CITIZENS; ETC., WESTERN HIST. CO., 1878
  63. HISTORY OF WAPELLO COUNTY & REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS., BIO. PUB. CO., 1901
  64. UNION HISTORICAL COMPANY, HISTORY OF WARREN COUNTY, CONTAINING A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY, ITS CITIES, TOWNS, ETC., WITH A BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF ITS CITIZENS, UNION HISTORICAL COMPANY, 1879
  65. W.E. ALEXANDER, HISTORY OF WINNESHIEK & ALLAMAKEE COUNTIES., WESTERN PUB. CO., 1879
  66. B.P. BIRDSALL, HISTORY OF WRIGHT COUNTY, ITS PEOPLE, INDUSTRIES & INSTITUTIONS., B.F. BOWEN & COMPANY, 1915
  67. ROBERT F. WOOD, PAST & PRESENT OF DALLAS COUNTY, TOGETHER WITH BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF MANY OF ITS PROMINENT & LEADING CITIZENS, S.J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1907
  68. E.B. STILLMAN, PAST & PRESENT OF GREENE COUNTY, TOGETHER WITH BIOGRAPICAL SKETCHES OF MANY OF ITS PROMINENT & LEADING CITIZENS., S.J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1907
  69. PAST & PRESENT OF SIOUX CITY & WOODBURY CO. [BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT CITIZENS]., S.J. CLARKE PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1904
  70. ROBT. E. FLICKINGER, PIONEER HISTORY OF POCAHONTAS COUNTY, FROM THE TIME OF ITS EARLIEST SETTLEMENT TO THE PRESENT, INCLUDING THE COMPLETE HIST. OF EACH TWP., TOWN & IMPORTANT BUSINESS…& BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF THE LEADING CITIZENS., G. SANBORN, 1904
  71. PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF LOUISA COUNTY, CONTAINING FULL PAGE PORTRAITS & BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT…CITIZENS OF THE COUNTY., ACME PUB. CO., 1889
  72. PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF POLK COUNTY, CONTAINING FULL PAGE PORTRAITS & BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT & REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS. (REPRINTED WITHOUT BIOGRAPHIES OF PRESIDENTS & GOVERNORS.)(, LAKE CITY PUB., 1890
  73. PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, WITH FULL PAGE PORTRAITS & BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT & REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS., ACME PUB. CO., 1887
  74. PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICL RECORD OF DUBUQUE, JONES & CLAYTON COUNTIES, CONTAINING BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT & REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS OF THE COUNTIES, CHAPMAN PUB. CO., 1894
  75. BROOKHAVEN PRESSTHE HISTORY OF CLINTON COUNTY, IOWA, CONTAINING A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY, ITS CITIES, TOWNS, ETC, BROOKHAVEN PRESS, 1879
  76. THE HISTORY OF SCOTT COUNTY., BROOKHAVEN PRESS, 1882
  77. J.W. MERRILL, YELLOW SPRING & HURON: A LOCAL HISTORY HISTORY CONTAINING SKETCHES OF ALL THE PEOPLE, INSTITUTIONS & EVENTS, FROM THE EARLIEST SETTLEMENT TO DATE OF PUBLICATION., HIGGINSON BOOK COMPANY, 1897

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