Hardin County, Iowa

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Hardin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. It was named in honor of Col. John J. Hardin, of Illinois, who was killed in the Mexican War. As of 2000, the population was 18,812. Its county seat is Eldora.[1]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 570 square miles (1,476.3 km2), of which 569 square miles (1,473.7 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.12%) is water.

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Hardin County was formed in 1851. It was named after Colonel John J. Hardin, who fell in the Mexican-American War.

In its history the county has had three courthouses. The first was a small wood framed building, which burned down in the 1850s. The second courthouse was a two-story building and stood on the site of the current office of the county sheriff. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1892 and opened on September 19, 1893. The structure was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.[2]

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