Our mission: “Keeping Greene County history alive.”    Our motto: “With our programming, museum and special events, we not only preserve the history of our county in west central Iowa, we make that history come alive again!”    Our inspiration: “If you’re going to be presenting history, and you want people to pay any attention to it,” said the late James H. Andrew, “you better make it fun!”

South side of Jefferson Post Office

Jefferson Post Office

Many buildings around Jefferson have fascinating building details.  If you look on the south side of the Post Office as you are climbing up the stairs to the front door, you can see a molding of what seems to be an airplane motor and propeller, although it could be a symbol for many other things. The Jefferson Post Office is located in the 100 block of W. Harrison St.  It was built in 1936-’37 at a cost of $52,770.  First postmaster was Lilly Gibbons.

 

Courthouse railing

What you are looking at here is the elegant bottom of the banister in the Greene County Courthouse, in Jefferson, a building that was being built 100 years ago right now. We get so used to dashing in and out of the courthouse on our own business that we often forget what an artful building it is.

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How many courthouse structures have been built on the site of the current Greene County Courthouse?

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There have been three courthouses built where the Greene County Courthouse stands today.  Ground was broken on the current courthouse in November of 1915, the cornerstone was set in May 1916 and the new building was dedicated in October of 1917. The centennial celebration of the courthouse is already underway, with events being planned by the “Courthouse 100” committee, with support from the Greene County Historical Society.  You can learn more about the courthouse history and the celebration plans on the Facebook page “Courthouse 100: Greene County, Iowa.”

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