hometown is Eldora and I live most of my life one block south of
the courthouse square. Hearing the bells of the courthouse on the hour,
gazing daily from our windows at the clock and bell tower, seeing my
great-great grandfather's name on the Civil War Memorial, and enjoying
the unique history of the building (it's bell tower caught fire while
the opera house burned across the street when a bird carried hot
embers...it was saved by the hook and ladder company of boys who were
residents of the training school and a fire design where the bell tower
nears the roof line of the courthouse itself), your website brings back
fond memories. Did you see the restored Civil War cannon on the
courthouse grounds? It has a great history too. Did you notice on the
arched windows on the west and east sides have the Great Seal of Iowa
etched into them?
(Jason Follett: January 7, 2009)
I spent many happy hours in and around the Hardin County Courthouse. My uncle was Hardin County sheriff in the 60s and 70s. I remember Santa Clause arriving each December and watching from the second floor balcony as kids streamed by to get a small bag of goodies from Santa standing next to a Christmas tree on the ground floor of the courthouse. The Civil War Memorial and old cannon fostered visions of history and people long past. On hot, summer nights I would lay awake in the sweltering heat..unable to sleep...and listen as the courthouse clock struck the hour long into the night. ...
(Wayne McCormick: March 2, 2009)