Day Cherokee - West Main Street
WELCOME TO CHEROKEE COUNTY!
My name is Cindy
Booth Maher and
I have the pleasure of being the county coordinator for this
you, I have a
interest in Cherokee County. My McCoun ancestors migrated
to this county in 1863; the Lanes in 1868; and my Booth and Wright
1882. I was born
in Cherokee and
my father and grandfather, Dale & Frank Booth, owned
Implement dealership in Cherokee until a tragic small plane
accident took both of their lives in Jan of
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county, Iowa, lies in the northwestern part of the present State of
Iowa. It is within the Missouri River Basin and, in terms of topography
and climate, lies in the transition zone between the woodland prairies
and the high plains. The area was acquired from the Sioux Indians by
treaty in 1850.
1851, the Iowa General Assembly created a number of counties in a newly
surveyed North West Iowa. The counties created by the legislature were
given the names of famous men, Indian tribes, and battles; apparently
at the whim of the legislators. Cherokee county was named for the
Cherokee Indiana; who actually lived in the southeastern U.S., and
later in Oklahoma. At that time, there were no permanent white
residents in the county. The county, as created, consisted of 16
congressional townships of 36 sections each - an area of 576 square
miles. For governmental purposes, it was attached to Crawford County.
In 1853, it was attached to Wahkaw (Woodbury) County and was known as
Cherokee Civil Township of Wahkaw County. In 1858, Cherokee County was
officially organized as a county, with a single civil township. Today
the county has 16 townships, which are as follows: Spring, Cedar,
Liberty, Marcus, Amherst, Sheridan, Cherokee Afton, Pitcher, Pilot,
Rock, Tilden, Grand Meadow, Willow, Silver and Diamond.
principal cities and towns are: Cherokee - the county seat, Aurelia,
Cleghorn. Larrabee, Marcus, Meriden, Quimby and Washta