Newtown-Avoca Historical Society & Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum
Another Place to Visit While in Avoca is the East Pottawattamie County Courthouse.
Old postcard with courthouse and bandstand - postmarked Jan. 26, 1915.
Restored Courthouse with four lighting turrets strategically placed in front.
A trip to second floor, and right away you see the magnificant Judge's Bench.
Near the Judge's Bench if you look up, you'll see the beautiful light fixtures and restored ceiling.
Reminder banner that Avoca is celebrating its Sesquicentennial this year - 2019!
Early court records indicate that court was held regularly in Avoca since 1885. Court was held in the Opera House from 1885 until the courthouse was completed in December of 1887. Court convened in the new courthouse in January 1888. This made two courthouses in Pottawattamie County, the other one being in Council Bluffs.
The very impressive Judge's Bench on the second floor of the Avoca building was moved from the Council Bluffs Courthouse and placed in the Court Room in Avoca in 1977. The old Council Bluffs Courthouse was dismantled and moved to Torrence, California by an attorney.
The Avoca Courthouse was entered in the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966.
The Clerk's Office in the Avoca Courthouse was closed effective December 31, 1992, with all files and records transferred to the Clerk's Office in Council Bluffs.
Visits to the East Pottawattamie County Courthouse can be arranged through the Newtown-Avoca Historical Society.
What an absolutely amazing photograph of the Avoca Courthouse during the November 30, 2019 Avoca Holidays on Main celebration!! (Photo by Avoca Holidays on Main Committee)