Buchanan County Court House

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It is said that in the late 1800s or early 1900s a man was hung here, but something went awry with the process and he died a slow, painful death. His ghost is said to haunt the place at night; it has been seen hanging from a rope.

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Geographic Information

Address:
210 5th Ave NE
Independence, IA 50644
United States

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GPS:
42.4699772, -91.88939959999999
County:
Buchanan County, Iowa
Nearest Towns:
Independence, IA (0.1 mi.)
Rowley, IA (7.3 mi.)
Winthrop, IA (7.9 mi.)
Quasqueton, IA (8.4 mi.)
Jesup, IA (8.9 mi.)
Hazleton, IA (10.4 mi.)
Brandon, IA (12.2 mi.)
Stanley, IA (12.6 mi.)
Aurora, IA (13.1 mi.)
Walker, IA (13.8 mi.)

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  1. While I have no experiences there I can say that the story is true, though a bit inaccurate. First off, it wasn’t one man but two brothers. Their names were Isaac (Ike) and William (Bill) Barber who were accused of horse theft and murder in the late 1800s. After running around, evading the law, they were eventually caught and brought to the courthouse in 1883. However, a mob broke in and brought them out to be lynched. This story isn’t all that famous nowadays and you would have to do some digging to find actual records but it had happened.

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