Appanoose County, Iowa

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Appanoose County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of 2000, the population is 13,721. Its county seat is Centerville.[1]

The county was once a major coal-mining region. In recent decades, the state has made an effort to develop manufacturing as an alternate form of employment. A Rubbermaid plant was the county's largest private employer, until the company announced, in June 2006, that the plant, located in the Centerville industrial park, would close in October 2006.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 516 square miles (1,336.4 km2), of which 496 square miles (1,284.6 km2) is land and 20 square miles (51.8 km2) (3.89%) is water. Rathbun Reservoir, created by damming the Chariton River is its main physical feature.

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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 Governor 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.[2]

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