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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Waterloo Wednesday Wonder

The second Black Hawk County Courthouse was an architectural marvel. The only remnants known are five statues,
four of which rest overlooking the Cedar River atop the River Plaza Building. These four of six goddesses are Themis, goddess of Justice; Clio, goddess of Knowledge/History; Ceres, goddess of Harvest; and Mercury, goddess of Commerce. The courthouse was built in 1901 at a cost of $97,000, which with today's inflation would equal an estimated $2.7 million. Stay tuned for more on Waterloo landmarks.

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     ved=0CC4Q6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=black%20hawk%20county%20iowa&f=false : 2014.
Newhoff, Nancy Raffensperger. “Four grand dames over Waterloo deserve more spotlight.”  
     Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, 2 December 2001. Online archives. http://wcfcourier.com/four-
     8494-d182251ca94e.html : 2014.
Black Hawk County. “Courthouse History,” http://www.co.black-hawk.ia.us/about_courthouse.html :
“Bing Maps.” Pictometry Bird’s Eye images. Microsoft Corporation. MDA Geospatial Services Inc.
     http://www.bing.com/maps/?FORM=Z9LH2 : 2014

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