Linn County Facts
Did you know.......:
  • Linn county is named in honor of Senator Lewis Linn of Missouri

  • The county seat is Cedar Rapids

  • Linn County was organized by the first legislative assembly of the Iowa Territory on January 15, 1839

  • A site was selected for its first county seat along Indian Creek, and was named Marion, after the Revolutionary War general Francis Marion

  • As early as 1855, there were debates over moving the county seat to the fast-growing Cedar Rapids, southwest of Marion, but it was not until November 6, 1919, that there were enough votes in favor of the move

  • The first rail line was built through Cedar Rapids in 1859, and made the town (and the county) a major commercial hub in eastern Iowa

  • With more than 211,000 residents, Linn County is the second most populous county in the state of Iowa

  • Linn County is governed by a Board of Supervisors, comprised of five officials elected by district for four-year terms. The positions of Sheriff, Auditor, Attorney, Recorder and Treasurer are also elected

  • Linn County was established December 21, 1837

  • The city of Marion gained fame before the turn of the century as the home of the Cherry Sisters, well-known vaudeville performer

  • Population of Linn County in 2011 estimate: 213,873
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