December 4th, I found myself in Vinton, Iowa with my family for the annual Tour de Lights 5K. The course started at the fire station, and continued right past the Benton County Courthouse! Before the run, I walked over to get a few photos. It was a Sunday, so I wasn't able to venture inside.
I do, however, love the Beaux Arts style architecture of the exterior. This Courthouse was built 1905-1906 of Buckeye gray sandstone, and cost $150,000. Inside, reportedly there are three murals painted by an unknown artist. The 1,500-lb. bell (donated by Paul Correll) and the clock were recently completely restored and re-installed.