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Appanoose County, Iowa

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Appanoose County was formed on February 17, 1843, from open territory. It was named for the Meskwaki Chief Appanoose, who did not engage in war against Black Hawk, advocating peace. The present county seat was formerly called Chaldea, and was later renamed to Senterville in honor of Congressman William Tandy Senter of Tennessee. In April 1848, the courthouse, constructed at the expense of $160, was put into use and served as such until 1857. The second courthouse was opened in 1864, and was burned down to the first floor during an explosive Fourth of July fireworks demonstration. The third courthouse was dedicated on May 21, 1903, and remains in use.

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Towns

  • Bellair
  • Caldwell
  • Centerville
  • Chariton
  • Cincinnati
  • Douglas
  • Exline
  • Franklin
  • Independence
  • Johns
  • Lincoln
  • Moravia
  • Moulton
  • Mystic
  • Numa
  • Plano
  • Pleasant
  • Rathbun
  • Sharon
  • Taylor
  • Udell
  • Union
  • Unionville
  • Vermillion
  • Walnut
  • Washington
  • Wells



Appanoose County Courthouse

Appanoose County Sheriff's House & Jail

Centerville Station

Drake Public Library

The Sturdivant House