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As with a number of other Iowa communities, Osceola was founded as the county seat. The town was laid out in 1851, in the center of Clarke County, and situated in a high, rolling prairie. Though the Clarke County Courthouse (1884) is now gone (replaced by a modernist building in 1955–1956), the east side of Main Street facing the courthouse square still possesses a number of nineteenth-century commercial buildings.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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