The venerable Winnebago County Courthouse was featured in the January-February issue of The Iowan, one of the state's most popular magazines. The 118-year-old building, with a distinct Romanesque design, was named one of the five courthouses in the state to be on everyone's bucket list.
Winnebago County Supervisor Bryce Moore suggested the recognition would "do wonders for county tourism," and is already planning billboards throughout the state to highlight the courthouse and its prestigious award.
Dan Fredman, a longtime employee at the courthouse and unofficial county historian, is restarting regular courthouse tours aimed at the expected influx of interested tourists.
The interest is not just speculative. The Winnebago County Facebook page is blowing up with comments. Melissa Ziedy of Atlanta, Georgia, suggested she's already booked her airfare and plans to spend a week in Forest City this spring.
Timing is convenient: Air Choice One just began daily flights between St. Louis and the Mason City Airport. The airport is a mere 30 minutes from the landmark courthouse.