List of counties in Iowa

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Counties of Iowa
LocationState of Iowa
Number99
Populations4,029 (Adams) – 430,640 (Polk)
Areas381 square miles (990 km2) (Dickinson) – 973 square miles (2,520 km2) (Kossuth)
GovernmentCounty government
Subdivisionscities, towns, townships, unincorporated communities, census designated place

There are 99 counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. The first two counties, Des Moines County and Dubuque County, were created in 1834 when Iowa was still part of the Michigan Territory. In preparation for Michigan's statehood, part of Michigan Territory was formed into Wisconsin Territory in 1836.[1] Two years later, the western portion was split off to become Iowa Territory.[2] The south-eastern part of Iowa Territory became Iowa, the 29th state in the union, on 28 December 1846,[3] by which point 44 counties had been created. Counties continued to be created by the state government until 1857, when the last county, Humboldt County, was created.[4] One of the most significant days in Iowa county history was January 15, 1851, on which 49 counties were created.[5]

Map of counties numbered as in the National Atlas of the United States

The Iowa Constitution of 1857, which is still in effect today, states that counties must have an area of at least 432 square miles (1,120 km2), and no county may be reduced below that size by boundary changes.[6] However, exceptions to this rule were granted, as ten counties have areas below this size. (The table below shows land area, but the Constitution deals with total area.[6]) The smallest county (Dickinson) has a land area of 381 sq mi (990 km2), while the largest (Kossuth) has an area 973 sq mi (2,520 km²). Polk County is the most densely populated county at 756/sq mi (291.7/km2), an increase in density from 2000 when it was 657 inhabitants per square mile (254/km2).[7] Polk County contains the state's capital and largest city, Des Moines. In addition Iowa has one of the fewest number of counties whose boundaries are dictated by natural means, the vast majority of which being formed by lines of survey instead, resulting in a large number of "box counties".

County information[edit]

The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code, used by the United States government to uniquely identify counties, is provided with each entry. The FIPS code for each county links to census data for that county. The column labeled '#' is the official county number when listed alphabetically. This number is used for many governmental and organizational purposes, including Iowa state income tax preparation[8]. From 1930-1978, it was also used on Iowa license plates[9] until it was replaced by the full county name. Finally, the number in the column headed "Map #" is used by the National Atlas of the United States, shown on the left. Counties are numbered in geographical order beginning in the NW corner of the map.

County
FIPS code[10] County seat[4] #
Established[4][11] Formed from[12] Etymology[11] Map #
Population[13] Area[4] Map
Adair County 001 Greenfield 01 Jan 15, 1851 Cass County John Adair, Kentucky Governor 69 7,682 569 sq mi
(1,474 km2)
State map highlighting Adair County
Adams County 003 Corning 02 Jan 15, 1851 Taylor County John Adams, US President 81 4,029 424 sq mi
(1,098 km2)
State map highlighting Adams County
Allamakee County 005 Waukon 03 Feb 20, 1847 Clayton County Disputed, possibly Allan Makee, early trader and guide for settlers 11 14,330 640 sq mi
(1,658 km2)
State map highlighting Allamakee County
Appanoose County 007 Centerville 04 Feb 17, 1843 Davis County Chief Appanoose, headed peace party in the Black Hawk War 96 12,884 496 sq mi
(1,285 km2)
State map highlighting Appanoose County
Audubon County 009 Audubon 05 Jan 15, 1851 Black Hawk County and Cass County John James Audubon, ornithologist and artist 57 6,119 443 sq mi
(1,147 km2)
State map highlighting Audubon County
Benton County 011 Vinton 06 Dec 21, 1837 Native American lands and Wisconsin Territory Thomas Hart Benton, Missouri Senator 51 26,076 716 sq mi
(1,854 km2)
State map highlighting Benton County
Black Hawk County 013 Waterloo 07 Feb 17, 1843 Delaware County Black Hawk, leader during Black Hawk War 39 131,090 567 sq mi
(1,469 km2)
State map highlighting Black Hawk County
Boone County 015 Boone 08 Jan 13, 1846 Polk County Nathan Boone, one of the first to survey Iowa 47 26,306 572 sq mi
(1,481 km2)
State map highlighting Boone County
Bremer County 017 Waverly 09 Jan 15, 1851 Native American lands and Winnebago County Fredrika Bremer, Swedish poet and author 30 24,276 428 sq mi
(1,109 km2)
State map highlighting Bremer County
Buchanan County 019 Independence 10 Dec 21, 1837 Delaware County and Wisconsin Territory James Buchanan, US President 40 20,958 571 sq mi
(1,479 km2)
State map highlighting Buchanan County
Buena Vista County 021 Storm Lake 11 Jan 15, 1851 Clay County and Sac County Battle of Buena Vista, Mexican–American War 24 20,260 575 sq mi
(1,489 km2)
State map highlighting Buena Vista County
Butler County 023 Allison 12 Jan 15, 1851 Black Hawk County and Buchanan County William Orlando Butler, War of 1812 hero 29 14,867 580 sq mi
(1,502 km2)
State map highlighting Butler County
Calhoun County 025 Rockwell City 13 Jan 15, 1851 Fox County (renamed) John C. Calhoun, US Vice President 34 9,670 570 sq mi
(1,476 km2)
State map highlighting Calhoun County
Carroll County 027 Carroll 14 Jan 15, 1851 Guthrie County Charles Carroll, signatory of the Declaration of Independence 45 20,816 569 sq mi
(1,474 km2)
State map highlighting Carroll County
Cass County 029 Atlantic 15 Jan 15, 1851 Pottawattamie County Lewis Cass, Michigan Senator 68 13,956 564 sq mi
(1,461 km2)
State map highlighting Cass County
Cedar County 031 Tipton 16 Dec 21, 1837 Wisconsin Territory Cedar River that runs through county 65 18,499 580 sq mi
(1,502 km2)
State map highlighting Cedar County
Cerro Gordo County 033 Mason City 17 Jan 15, 1851 Floyd County Battle of Cerro Gordo, Mexican–American War 17 44,151 568 sq mi
(1,471 km2)
State map highlighting Cerro Gordo County
Cherokee County 035 Cherokee 18 Jan 15, 1851 Crawford County Cherokee People 23 12,072 577 sq mi
(1,494 km2)
State map highlighting Cherokee County
Chickasaw County 037 New Hampton 19 Jan 15, 1851 Fayette County Chickasaw People 19 12,439 505 sq mi
(1,308 km2)
State map highlighting Chickasaw County
Clarke County 039 Osceola 20 Jan 13, 1846 Lucas County James Clarke, Governor of Iowa Territory 83 9,286 431 sq mi
(1,116 km2)
State map highlighting Clarke County
Clay County 041 Spencer 21 Jan 15, 1851 Native American lands Henry Clay, Jr., officer in the Mexican–American War 14 16,667 569 sq mi
(1,474 km2)
State map highlighting Clay County
Clayton County 043 Elkader 22 Dec 21, 1837 Dubuque County and Wisconsin Territory John M. Clayton, Delaware Senator 21 18,129 779 sq mi
(2,018 km2)
State map highlighting Clayton County
Clinton County 045 Clinton 23 Dec 21, 1837 Dubuque County and Wisconsin Territory DeWitt Clinton, New York Governor 66 49,116 695 sq mi
(1,800 km2)
State map highlighting Clinton County
Crawford County 047 Denison 24 Jan 15, 1851 Shelby County William Harris Crawford, Georgia Senator 44 17,096 714 sq mi
(1,849 km2)
State map highlighting Crawford County
Dallas County 049 Adel 25 Jan 13, 1846 Polk County George Mifflin Dallas, US Vice President 59 66,135 586 sq mi
(1,518 km2)
State map highlighting Dallas County
Davis County 051 Bloomfield 26 Feb 17, 1843 Van Buren County Garrett Davis, Kentucky Congressman 97 8,753 503 sq mi
(1,303 km2)
State map highlighting Davis County
Decatur County 053 Leon 27 Jan 13, 1846 Appanoose County Stephen Decatur, War of 1812 naval officer 94 8,457 532 sq mi
(1,378 km2)
State map highlighting Decatur County
Delaware County 055 Manchester 28 Dec 21, 1837 Dubuque County and Wisconsin Territory State of Delaware, home of Iowa statehood advocate US Senator John M. Clayton 41 17,764 578 sq mi
(1,497 km2)
State map highlighting Delaware County
Des Moines County 057 Burlington 29 Sep 6, 1834 Michigan Territory and Wisconsin Territory Des Moines River that once ran through the county 89 40,325 416 sq mi
(1,077 km2)
State map highlighting Des Moines County
Dickinson County 059 Spirit Lake 30 Jan 15, 1851 Kossuth County Daniel Stevens Dickinson, New York Senator 3 16,667 381 sq mi
(987 km2)
State map highlighting Dickinson County
Dubuque County 061 Dubuque 31 Sep 6, 1834 Michigan Territory and Wisconsin Territory Julien Dubuque, first permanent white settler in Iowa 42 93,653 608 sq mi
(1,575 km2)
State map highlighting Dubuque County
Emmet County 063 Estherville 32 Jan 15, 1851 Dickinson County and Kossuth County Robert Emmet, Irish revolutionary and American republican sympathizer 4 10,302 396 sq mi
(1,026 km2)
State map highlighting Emmet County
Fayette County 065 West Union 33 Dec 21, 1837 Clayton County and Wisconsin Territory Marquis de Lafayette, Frenchman who aided colonial forces during American Revolutionary War 20 20,880 731 sq mi
(1,893 km2)
State map highlighting Fayette County
Floyd County 067 Charles City 34 Jan 15, 1851 Chickasaw County Charles Floyd, member of Lewis and Clark Expedition who died in Iowa 18 16,303 501 sq mi
(1,298 km2)
State map highlighting Floyd County
Franklin County 069 Hampton 35 Jan 15, 1851 Chickasaw County Benjamin Franklin, statesman and US founding father 28 10,680 582 sq mi
(1,507 km2)
State map highlighting Franklin County
Fremont County 071 Sidney 36 Feb 24, 1847 Pottawattamie County John Charles Fremont, Mexican–American War officer 90 7,441 511 sq mi
(1,323 km2)
State map highlighting Fremont County
Greene County 073 Jefferson 37 Jan 15, 1851 Dallas County Nathanael Greene, American Revolutionary War general 46 9,336 568 sq mi
(1,471 km2)
State map highlighting Greene County
Grundy County 075 Grundy Center 38 Jan 15, 1851 Black Hawk County Felix Grundy, Tennessee Congressman 38 12,453 503 sq mi
(1,303 km2)
State map highlighting Grundy County
Guthrie County 077 Guthrie Center 39 Jul 8, 1851 Jackson County Edwin B. Guthrie, Mexican–American War officer 58 10,954 591 sq mi
(1,531 km2)
State map highlighting Guthrie County
Hamilton County 079 Webster City 40 Dec 22, 1856 Webster County William W. Hamilton, President of Iowa Senate (1856–1857) 36 15,673 577 sq mi
(1,494 km2)
State map highlighting Hamilton County
Hancock County 081 Garner 41 Jan 15, 1851 Wright County John Hancock, President of First Continental Congress 16 11,341 571 sq mi
(1,479 km2)
State map highlighting Hancock County
Hardin County 083 Eldora 42 Jan 15, 1851 Black Hawk County John J. Hardin, prominent soldier, Black Hawk War 37 17,534 569 sq mi
(1,474 km2)
State map highlighting Hardin County
Harrison County 085 Logan 43 Jan 15, 1851 Pottawattamie County William Henry Harrison, US President 55 14,928 697 sq mi
(1,805 km2)
State map highlighting Harrison County
Henry County 087 Mount Pleasant 44 Dec 7, 1836 Wisconsin Territory Disputed, see reference[14] 88 20,145 434 sq mi
(1,124 km2)
State map highlighting Henry County
Howard County 089 Cresco 45 Jan 15, 1851 Chickasaw County Tilghman Howard, US Representative from Indiana 9 9,566 473 sq mi
(1,225 km2)
State map highlighting Howard County
Humboldt County 091 Dakota City 46 Feb 26, 1857 Webster County Alexander von Humboldt, German scientist 26 9,815 434 sq mi
(1,124 km2)
State map highlighting Humboldt County
Ida County 093 Ida Grove 47 Jan 15, 1851 Cherokee County Mount Ida in Greece 32 7,089 432 sq mi
(1,119 km2)
State map highlighting Ida County
Iowa County 095 Marengo 48 Feb 17, 1843 Washington County Iowa River that flows through the county 63 16,355 586 sq mi
(1,518 km2)
State map highlighting Iowa County
Jackson County 097 Maquoketa 49 Dec 21, 1837 Wisconsin Territory Andrew Jackson, US President 54 19,848 636 sq mi
(1,647 km2)
State map highlighting Jackson County
Jasper County 099 Newton 50 Jan 13, 1846 Mahaska County William Jasper, American Revolutionary War sergeant 61 36,842 730 sq mi
(1,891 km2)
State map highlighting Jasper County
Jefferson County 101 Fairfield 51 Jan 21, 1839 Native American lands Thomas Jefferson, US President 87 16,843 435 sq mi
(1,127 km2)
State map highlighting Jefferson County
Johnson County 103 Iowa City 52 Dec 21, 1837 Des Moines County, Iowa and Wisconsin Territory Richard Mentor Johnson, US Vice President 64 130,882 614 sq mi
(1,590 km2)
State map highlighting Johnson County
Jones County 105 Anamosa 53 Dec 21, 1837 Wisconsin Territory George Wallace Jones, Iowa Senator 53 20,638 575 sq mi
(1,489 km2)
State map highlighting Jones County
Keokuk County 107 Sigourney 54 Dec 21, 1837 Washington County Chief Keokuk 74 10,511 579 sq mi
(1,500 km2)
State map highlighting Keokuk County
Kossuth County 109 Algona 55 Jan 15, 1851 Webster County Lajos Kossuth, Hungarian revolutionary inspired by American democratic ideals 5 15,543 973 sq mi
(2,520 km2)
State map highlighting Kossuth County
Lee County 111 Fort Madison and Keokuk 56 Dec 7, 1836 Des Moines County William Elliott Lee, businessman from the New York Land Company, who sold the county's first tracts of land 99 35,862 517 sq mi
(1,339 km2)
State map highlighting Lee County
Linn County 113 Cedar Rapids 57 Dec 21, 1837 Wisconsin Territory Lewis Fields Linn, doctor and Missouri Senator 52 211,226 718 sq mi
(1,860 km2)
State map highlighting Linn County
Louisa County 115 Wapello 58 Dec 7, 1836 Des Moines County Disputed, see reference[15] 76 11,387 402 sq mi
(1,041 km2)
State map highlighting Louisa County
Lucas County 117 Chariton 59 Jan 13, 1846 Monroe County Robert Lucas, first Governor of Iowa Territory 84 8,898 431 sq mi
(1,116 km2)
State map highlighting Lucas County
Lyon County 119 Rock Rapids 60 Jan 15, 1851 Woodbury County, Iowa Nathaniel Lyon, first Union general to be killed in the American Civil War, (formerly named Buncombe County) 1 11,581 588 sq mi
(1,523 km2)
State map highlighting Lyon County
Madison County 121 Winterset 61 Jan 13, 1846 Polk County James Madison, US President 70 15,679 561 sq mi
(1,453 km2)
State map highlighting Madison County
Mahaska County 123 Oskaloosa 62 Feb 17, 1843 Fox and Sac Indian lands Chief Mahaska 73 22,381 571 sq mi
(1,479 km2)
State map highlighting Mahaska County
Marion County 125 Knoxville 63 Jun 10, 1845 Washington County Francis Marion, American Revolutionary War general 72 33,309 554 sq mi
(1,435 km2)
State map highlighting Marion County
Marshall County 127 Marshalltown 64 Jan 13, 1846 Jasper County John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court 49 40,648 572 sq mi
(1,481 km2)
State map highlighting Marshall County
Mills County 129 Glenwood 65 Jan 15, 1851 Pottawattamie County Frederick Mills, major killed during the Battle of Churubusco, Mexican–American War 79 15,059 437 sq mi
(1,132 km2)
State map highlighting Mills County
Mitchell County 131 Osage 66 Jan 15, 1851 Chickasaw County John Mitchel, Irish revolutionary who operated out of the US 8 10,776 469 sq mi
(1,215 km2)
State map highlighting Mitchell County
Monona County 133 Onawa 67 Jan 15, 1851 Harrison County Native American word thought to mean "peaceful valley" 43 9,243 693 sq mi
(1,795 km2)
State map highlighting Monona County
Monroe County 135 Albia 68 Feb 17, 1843 Wapello County James Monroe, US President 85 7,970 433 sq mi
(1,121 km2)
State map highlighting Monroe County
Montgomery County 137 Red Oak 69 Jan 15, 1851 Polk County Richard Montgomery, American Revolutionary War general 80 10,740 424 sq mi
(1,098 km2)
State map highlighting Montgomery County
Muscatine County 139 Muscatine 70 Dec 7, 1836 Des Moines County debated, possibly Mascouten People 77 42,745 439 sq mi
(1,137 km2)
State map highlighting Muscatine County
O'Brien County 141 Primghar 71 Jan 15, 1851 Cherokee County William Smith O'Brien, Irish revolutionary inspired by American democratic ideals 13 14,398 573 sq mi
(1,484 km2)
State map highlighting O'Brien County
Osceola County 143 Sibley 72 Jan 15, 1851 Woodbury County Osceola, Seminole leader 2 6,462 399 sq mi
(1,033 km2)
State map highlighting Osceola County
Page County 145 Clarinda 73 Feb 24, 1847 Pottawattamie County John Page, officer killed in Battle of Palo Alto, Mexican–American War 91 15,932 535 sq mi
(1,386 km2)
State map highlighting Page County
Palo Alto County 147 Emmetsburg 74 Jan 15, 1851 Kossuth County Battle of Palo Alto, Mexican–American War 15 9,421 564 sq mi
(1,461 km2)
State map highlighting Palo Alto County
Plymouth County 149 Le Mars 75 Jan 15, 1851 Woodbury County Plymouth, Massachusetts 22 24,986 864 sq mi
(2,238 km2)
State map highlighting Plymouth County
Pocahontas County 151 Pocahontas 76 Jan 15, 1851 Greene County and Humboldt County Pocahontas, famous Native American woman 25 7,310 578 sq mi
(1,497 km2)
State map highlighting Pocahontas County
Polk County 153 Des Moines 77 January 13, 1846 Native American lands James K. Polk, US President 60 430,640 570 sq mi
(1,476 km2)
State map highlighting Polk County
Pottawattamie County 155 Council Bluffs 78 Feb 24, 1847 Native American lands Potawatomi People 67 93,158 954 sq mi
(2,471 km2)
State map highlighting Pottawattamie County
Poweshiek County 157 Montezuma 79 Feb 17, 1843 Meskwaki lands Chief Poweshiek, Meskwaki 62 18,914 585 sq mi
(1,515 km2)
State map highlighting Poweshiek County
Ringgold County 159 Mount Ayr 80 Feb 24, 1847 Taylor County Samuel Ringgold, major killed in the Mexican–American War 93 5,131 538 sq mi
(1,393 km2)
State map highlighting Ringgold County
Sac County 161 Sac City 81 Jan 15, 1851 Greene County Sauk (Sac) People 33 10,350 576 sq mi
(1,492 km2)
State map highlighting Sac County
Scott County 163 Davenport 82 Dec 21, 1837 Wisconsin Territory Winfield Scott, War of 1812 General 78 165,224 458 sq mi
(1,186 km2)
State map highlighting Scott County
Shelby County 165 Harlan 83 Jan 15, 1851 Cass County Isaac Shelby, American Revolutionary War General, War of 1812 56 12,167 591 sq mi
(1,531 km2)
State map highlighting Shelby County
Sioux County 167 Orange City 84 Jan 15, 1851 Plymouth County Sioux People 12 33,704 768 sq mi
(1,989 km2)
State map highlighting Sioux County
Story County 169 Nevada 85 Jan 13, 1846 Boone County, Jasper County, and Polk County Joseph Story, US Supreme Court Justice 48 89,542 573 sq mi
(1,484 km2)
State map highlighting Story County
Tama County 171 Toledo 86 Feb 17, 1843 Benton County and Boone County Disputed, see reference[16] 50 17,767 721 sq mi
(1,867 km2)
State map highlighting Tama County
Taylor County 173 Bedford 87 February 24, 1847 Page County Zachary Taylor, US President 92 6,317 534 sq mi
(1,383 km2)
State map highlighting Taylor County
Union County 175 Creston 88 Jan 15, 1851 Clarke County The union of the states 82 12,534 424 sq mi
(1,098 km2)
State map highlighting Union County
Van Buren County 177 Keosauqua 89 Dec 7, 1836 Des Moines County Martin Van Buren, US President 98 7,570 485 sq mi
(1,256 km2)
State map highlighting Van Buren County
Wapello County 179 Ottumwa 90 Feb 17, 1843 Native American lands Chief Wapello 86 35,625 432 sq mi
(1,119 km2)
State map highlighting Wapello County
Warren County 181 Indianola 91 Jan 13, 1846 Polk County Joseph Warren, American Revolutionary War General 71 46,225 572 sq mi
(1,481 km2)
State map highlighting Warren County
Washington County 183 Washington 92 Jan 25, 1839 Wisconsin Territory George Washington, US President 75 21,704 569 sq mi
(1,474 km2)
State map highlighting Washington County
Wayne County 185 Corydon 93 Jan 13, 1846 Appanoose County Anthony Wayne, American Revolutionary War General 95 6,403 526 sq mi
(1,362 km2)
State map highlighting Wayne County
Webster County 187 Fort Dodge 94 Jan 12, 1853 Risley County and Yell County (defunct IA counties)[17] Daniel Webster, Massachusetts Senator 35 38,013 715 sq mi
(1,852 km2)
State map highlighting Webster County
Winnebago County 189 Forest City 95 Jan 15, 1851 Kossuth County Winnebago (Ho–Chunk) People 6 10,866 400 sq mi
(1,036 km2)
State map highlighting Winnebago County
Winneshiek County 191 Decorah 96 Feb 20, 1847 Native American lands Chief Winneshiek 10 21,056 690 sq mi
(1,787 km2)
State map highlighting Winneshiek County
Woodbury County 193 Sioux City 97 Jan 12, 1853 Wahkaw County (renamed), Polk County Levi Woodbury, New Hampshire Governor 31 102,172 873 sq mi
(2,261 km2)
State map highlighting Woodbury County
Worth County 195 Northwood 98 Jan 15, 1851 Mitchell County William Jenkins Worth, Black Hawk War and Mexican–American War officer 7 7,598 400 sq mi
(1,036 km2)
State map highlighting Worth County
Wright County 197 Clarion 99 Jan 15, 1851 Webster County and Kossuth County Silas Wright, New York Governor, and Joseph Albert Wright, Indiana Governor (brothers) 27 13,229 581 sq mi
(1,505 km2)
State map highlighting Wright County

Former counties[edit]

The following counties no longer exist:[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Creation of Wisconsin Territory". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  2. ^ "Chronology of Wisconsin History". Ney Family History. Archived from the original on 2008-05-19. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  3. ^ "Statehood Dates". 50states.com. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  4. ^ a b c d National Association of Counties. "NACo - Find a county". Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  5. ^ "Iowa: Consolidated Chronology of State and County Boundaries". Archived from the original on 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
  6. ^ a b "Iowa Commentary". Iowa Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. Archived from the original on 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2008-08-16.
  7. ^ U.S. Census Bureau. "Polk County Quickfacts". State & County QuickFacts. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  8. ^ "Iowa County Names and Numbers" (PDF). Iowa Department of Revenue. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  9. ^ "Iowa License Plate: County Codes". Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  10. ^ "EPA County FIPS Code Listing". EPA.gov. Retrieved 2008-02-23.
  11. ^ a b Pratt, LeRoy G. (1977). The Counties and Courthouses of Iowa. Mason City, Iowa: Klipto Printing and Office Supply Company.
  12. ^ "Formation of Counties in Iowa". Retrieved 2015-12-24.
  13. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved 2012-01-04.
  14. ^ "Henry County, Iowa". Retrieved 2008-08-17. According to most sources, Henry County (440 square miles) was named for Henry Dodge (1782-1867), who served in the Black Hawk War and other Indian wars and governor of Wisconsin Territory (1836-1841); others credit the county’s name to General James Dougherty Henry (1797-1834), a hero of the Black Hawk War.
  15. ^ "Louisa County, Iowa". Official website. Retrieved 2008-08-17. According to some authorities, the county was named for Louisa Massey, who gained fame during her time because she avenged the murder of her brother by shooting the man responsible. Other historians claim the name was given in honor of Louisa County, Virginia. There are 418 square miles (1,080 km2) in Louisa County.
  16. ^ John Adams, Tama County Auditor (2002). "Tama County, Iowa". e-referencedesk.com. Clarksville, VA: Web Marketing Services, Inc. LLC. Retrieved 2008-10-02. The origin of the naming of Tama County is somewhat disputed. Some authorities say the name comes from Taimah, a Fox Indian Chief. Others say it comes from Taomah, wife of Poweshiek--another Fox Indian Tribe Chief. Still others say the county is named after the Indian Chief Potama or Pottama.
  17. ^ Pratt, H. M. (1913). History of Fort Dodge and Webster County, Iowa.
  18. ^ "Iowa County Formation Table". Iowa Genweb Project. Retrieved 2015-12-24.
  19. ^ "Bancroft County, Iowa". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2008-08-16.
  20. ^ "Cook County, Iowa". Archived from the original on 2004-07-14. Retrieved 2008-08-16.
  21. ^ "Crocker County, Iowa". Archived from the original on 2004-07-15. Retrieved 2008-08-16.
  22. ^ "Risley County, Iowa". Archived from the original on 2004-11-08. Retrieved 2008-08-16.
  23. ^ "Yell County, Iowa". Archived from the original on 2004-07-20. Retrieved 2008-08-16.

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