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
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
This is the first stone courthouse - it was built in 1865.
The first stone courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1875.
This is the current courthouse - built in 1876.
Just some of the beautiful woodwork found throughout the courthouse...
Views of the courtroom in the Madison County Courthouse,
as seen in an earlier time...
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