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Benton County is a county located in the state of Iowa. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 26,076. Benton County was
created on December 21, 1837. The county
seat is Vinton. The county is named in
honor of Thomas Hart Benton, a senator from Missouri who pushed for
westward expansion of the United States, colonel in the War of 1812.
Benton County is included in the Cedar Rapids, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Benton county is named for Thomas Hart Benton, a senator from Missouri who pushed for westward expansion of the United States.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Benton County, one of the original
twelve counties created from Dubuque County, is named in honor of Thomas Hart
Benton. Benton was a lawyer, colonel in the War of 1812 and senator from
Missouri. The county was established in 1843.
In the spring of 1846 a county seat was selected and the county was established. It was called Northport and the town was platted the following summer. Soon the town's name was changed to Fremont, in honor of General John Charles Fremont. A town in Iowa was already named Fremont so they again changed the name, this time to Vinton, after Ohio Congressman Plynn Vinton, who paid $50 for the honor.
The first permanent courthouse was begun on July 13, 1856 with the laying of the cornerstone. This building was officially dedicated at a grand ball on December 23, 1856. The final cost of the two-story brick structure was $13,000.
When the time came to replace the old brick courthouse, there was great excitement. There was a persistent rumor that the contents of the cornerstone included a liquor bottle that would have had 49 years to age. The disappointment was just as great when no bottle was found.
The present courthouse was begun in 1905, and it was completed in 1906. The elaborate, three-story stone structure was constructed at a cost of $150,000. It has a 112-foot high tower that contains a clock and 1,500-pound bell which was donated by Paul Correll, a local merchant and farmer.
This building has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 718 square miles (1,860 km2), of which 716 square miles (1,850 km2) is land and 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) (0.3%) is water.
Benton county is located in east Iowa. Hannen Lake is located in this
county. The lake was the first man made lake in the state of Iowa, built
Bordering counties are as follows: