OSAGE, Iowa (AP) — Crews have begun tearing down Iowa's third-oldest courthouse, despite efforts by local residents to save the Mitchell County landmark.
Demolition began Tuesday on the old Mitchell County Courthouse. The process, including the installation of a basement for a new building, is expected to be done by spring.
County officials say the courthouse, built in 1858, was falling apart. Supervisor Stan Walk said renovations would have run into the millions.
It's still unclear how the county will pay for a new courthouse. Voters in November turned down a measure to sell general obligation bonds. Officials may put the financing issue up for another vote.
Osage Mayor Steve Cooper tells Mason City television station KIMT (http://bit.ly/1n9tJz7 ) that he knows the building was unsafe, but he hates seeing a piece of history demolished.
Information from: KIMT-TV, http://www.kimt.com