'The Night the Courthouse Burned' 30 years ago in Iowa

  • Source: KMA-AM 960/FM 99.1 Shenandoah
  • Published: 12/08/2021 12:00 AM

Saturday, December 11th marks the 30th anniversary of the Page County Courthouse fire. In commemoration of that tragic and historic event, KMA News presents a special series of reports looking back at the fire, its aftermath, and the effort by Page County residents to save the venerable structure. In part one of "The Night the Courthouse Burned," local officials past and present recall the moment the unthinkable occurred. Standing majestically in Clarinda's square since the late 1880's, the Page County Courthouse has been an enduring symbol of county government. That's what made what transpired on a cold night in December, 1991 even more shocking. And, anyone living in Clarinda that fateful evening 30 years ago remembers where they were when a major disaster took place.


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