OSAGE, Iowa - It’s been the talk of the town for more than 150 years and now the Mitchell County Courthouse, built back in 1858, is coming down.
On Tuesday, the demolition process started. Residents came to watch the structure come down, and remember.
Jan Duren of Osage says she is sad to see it go, and remembers the courthouse from her younger days.
Osage Mayor Steve Cooper says “You have mixed feelings on it, you know the condition of the building it was unsafe and they needed to do something but you also hate to see a piece of history demolished and taken out.”
The demolition of the current courthouse and installation of a basement for the new building is expected to be done by the spring.
That new structure will go up at the same place the old courthouse once stood.
However, there’s still a question about how to pay for the new building. In November, voters said no to the idea of using general obligation bonds to fund the project.
The Mitchell County Auditor expects more discussion on that subject, this spring.
There will be a meeting this Thursday, February 6th, for community members. The demolition firm in charge of the project will lead that meeting, and keep the community up to date on the progress. It will take place at 5pm at the County Services building in Mitchell County.