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Iowa CountiesThere are 99 Counties in Iowa. The first two counties, Des Moines County and Dubuque County, were created in 1834 when Iowa was still part of the Michigan Territory. In preparation for Michigan's statehood, part of Michigan Territory was formed into Wisconsin Territory in 1836]. Two years later, the western portion was split off to become Iowa Territory. The south-eastern part of Iowa Territory became Iowa, the 29th state in the union, on 28 December 1846, by which point 44 Counties had been created. Counties continued to be created by the state government until 1857, when the last county, Humboldt County, was created.
Tama County, Iowa
Tama County History, Geography, Demographics, Cities and Towns, and Education
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Tama is named for any of several Native American chiefs or chief's wives, over which there is dispute.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
The origin of the naming of Tama
County is somewhat disputed. Some authorities say the name comes from Taimah, a
Fox Indian Chief. Others say it comes from Taomah, wife of Poweshiek--another
Fox Indian Tribe Chief. Still others say the county is named after the Indian
Chief Potama or Pottama.
Cities and Towns:
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"
But age, size and colorful names of our counties isn't the only reason to explore counties' role in American history, or the history of county government itself. In fact, the story of county government reflects the larger meanings of American history.
Today's counties are the most flexible, locally responsive and creative governments in the US. They are the most diverse, varying in size, population, geography, and governmental structure. In their politics and policies, they express a 1990's political slogan "Think globally, act locally."