History and Genealogy of Black Hawk County Iowa

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County Information

Established in 1843
The county was named for the Sauk chief

As of 2000, Black Hawk county was the fourth largest county in population in the state.
The majority of the county's population resides in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls urbanized area.

Waterloo, the county seat, is located approximately 65 miles east of I-35 at the intersection of U.S. Highways 20, 63 and 218.
The city of Cedar Falls is located approximately eight miles west of Waterloo.

The Cedar River roughly divides the county in half from the northwest to the southeast corner.
The land is mostly level since much of it is on the river's flood plain.



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Website updates:
29 Aug 2017:
People: Who's Who - R. O. Hutchinson; Walter P. Jensen; Emmons Johnson
15 June 2017:
People: Who's Who - Austin Burt; J. A. Francis; John Clark Hartman
24 Feb 2017:
Historical Info: Government - 1882 County Officers

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