The City of Eldora’s was the
first town platted in Hardin
County in 1853. The City grew
based largely on its rich farm
land affording the construction of many of the commercial buildings you see today. In 1892 Hardin County began construction of the now historic Hardin County Court House. Architect T.D. Allen designed the building in a Victorian Romanesque style and it cost $48,000 to construct.
In today’s money that would equal nearly $1,000,000.
The Court House stands as a monument to the wealth
and history of Eldora and Hardin County and in May
of 2009 the remaining downtown joined the Court
House as a registered historical site covering
10 blocks and 66 buildings. In August 2009 a major
hail storm ripped through the community beginning
a rebirth of the downtown through repair, reinvestment and a new streetscape project. Come visit our downtown and download our walking tour guide book to view our many historic buildings.