Shelby County, Iowa

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Shelby County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of 2000, the population was 13,173. Its name is in honor of Isaac Shelby, the first Governor of Kentucky. Its county seat is Harlan.[1]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 591 square miles (1,532 km²), of which 591 square miles (1,530 km²) is land and 1 square mile (1 km²) (0.09%) is water.

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Shelby County was formed on January 15, 1851. It was named after General Isaac Shelby, a hero in the American Revolutionary War and the first Governor of Kentucky.

On February 4, 1855, Shelbyville was designated the county seat. in April, 1859, the seat was moved to Harlan. One year later the first courthouse was erected. In 1898, the construction of a second courthouse was begun, this time of stone and three storeys high. The construction was completed in 1892. In 1978, the building was extensively restored and still serves as the courthouse.[2]

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