Osceola County, Iowa

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Osceola County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. It is named for Seminole war chief Osceola. As of 2000, the population was 7,003. Its county seat is Sibley, named for H. H. Sibley of Minnesota.[1]

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 399 square miles (1,035 km²), of which 398 square miles (1,033 km²) is land and 1 square mile (2 km²) (0.18%) is water. The highest natural point in Iowa, Hawkeye Point at 1,670 feet (509 m), is located in Osceola County.[citation needed]

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Adjacent counties

History

Osceola County was formed in 1871. It was named after the eponymous chief of the Seminole. It is the smallest and most recent county in Iowa. In the same year the first settler arrived, Captain Eldred Huff, and laid his claim. On January 1, 1872, the county government conferred for the first time. The first courthouse, constructed of wood, was built in November of the following year and simultaneously served as the conference chamber, school and church. In September 1903, the second courthouse was finished and was wired for electricity in October, 1915. .

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