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Madison County is a county located in the state of Iowa. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 15,679. Madison county was
created on January 13, 1846. The county
Winterset. The county is named in honor of James
Madison, the fourth president of the United States.
Madison County is included in the Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Madison county is named for James Madison, the fourth president of the United States.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Madison County, established in 1846,
was named for James Madison, the fourth president of the United States. The
county originated in 1849.
Madison's first courthouse was a one-story log cabin built in Winterset in 1857. The second courthouse was built in 1868-69 completely with Madison County gray limestone, but was destroyed by fire in 1875.
The current Madison County courthouse was built by Andrew Piquenard, planner of both the Iowa and Illinois State Capitols. It was entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. In 1969, the courthouse and surrounding square were the setting of the movie "Cold Turkey" starring Dick Van Dyke. President Ronald Reagan visited the courthouse in 1984.
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 1992 book, 1995 movie, and 2014 musical The Bridges of Madison County.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 562 square miles (1,460 km2), of which 561 square miles (1,450 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) (0.2%) is water.
Madison county is located close to the center of Iowa.
Bordering counties are as follows: