Find out about the history of Madison County, Iowa here.


  Madison County, Iowa - History

Madison County was formed on January 13, 1846. It has been self-governed since 1849. It was named after James Madison, the fourth President of the United States.

Madison County is located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of 2000, the population is 14,019. Its county seat is Winterset, and it is one of the five counties that make up the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Madison County is famous for being the county where John Wayne was born, and for a number of covered bridges. These bridges were featured in the book and movie, The Bridges of Madison County.



Below are historical images of Madison County - if you click on an image you will be able to view it in a larger size.
The first Madison County courthouse


The first Madison County Courthouse
First stone courthouse in Madison County - 1865



This is the first stone courthouse - it was built in 1865.
   
The first courthouse in Madison County - destroyed by fire in 1875


The first stone courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1875.
The current courthouse in Madison County - built in 1876


This is the current courthouse - built in 1876.
   
Just some of the beautiful woodwork found throughout the courthouse...
Just some of the beautiful woodwork found in the Madison County Courthouse Just some of the beautiful woodwork found in the Madison County Courthouse
 
Views of the courtroom in the Madison County Courthouse, as seen in an earlier time...
Courtroom in Madison County in an earlier time Courtroom in Madison County in an earlier time
   
Badger 1933




Badger - 1933
   
Bridge Crew



Bridge Crew
Cedar Bridge move



Cedar Bridge move
   
McBride Bridge




McBride Bridge
Backbone



Backbone
   
Patterson



Patterson
Earlham Garage


Earlham Garage
   
The Madisonian



The Madisonian
St. Charles Depot


St. Charles Depot
   
Truro Main Street - 1933


Truro Main Street 1933
Watermelon Wagon



Watermelon Wagon
 
             

Backbone

McBride Covered Bridge

Cedar Bridge Move

First County Courthouse