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Madison County courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
Iowa's location within the U.S.
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|Named for||James Madison|
|• Total||562 sq mi (1,460 km2)|
|• Land||561 sq mi (1,450 km2)|
|• Water||1.2 sq mi (3 km2) 0.2%%|
|• Density||28/sq mi (11/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Madison County is famous for being the county where John Wayne was born, and for a number of covered bridges. These bridges were featured in the 1992 book, 1995 movie, and 2014 musical The Bridges of Madison County.
Madison County was formed on January 13, 1846. It has been self-governed since 1849. It was named after James Madison (1751–1836), the fourth President of the United States (between 1809 and 1817). Hiram Hurst, a suspected murderer, arsonist and hog thief was the first white settler in Madison County, having come from Missouri about April 15, 1846.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 562 square miles (1,460 km2), of which 561 square miles (1,450 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) (0.2%) is water.
- Interstate 80 (in the far northwestern corner of the county)
- U.S. Highway 6
- U.S. Highway 169
- Iowa Highway 92
- Dallas County (north)
- Warren County (east)
- Clarke County (southeast)
- Union County (southwest)
- Adair County (west)
- Polk County (northeast)
|U.S. Decennial Census
The 2010 census recorded a population of 15,679 in the county, with a population density of 27.9413/sq mi (10.7882/km2). There were 6,554 housing units, of which 6,025 were occupied.
There are only six extant covered bridges in Madison County:
- Cedar Bridge built 1883, destroyed 2002, rebuilt 2004, 76 feet (23 m) long.
- Cutler-Donahoe Bridge built 1870, 79 feet (24 m) long.
- Hogback Covered Bridge built 1884, 97 feet (30 m) long.
- Holliwell Bridge built 1880, 122 feet (37 m) long.
- Imes Bridge built 1870, 81 feet (25 m) long.
- Roseman Covered Bridge built 1883, 107 feet (33 m) long. This is the best-known one, as it is featured in the 1995 movie The Bridges of Madison County.
The bridges were designed primarily by Eli Cox. Eli and his sons built several of the bridges including Imes and Cutler-Donahoe. Some of the bridges were built by Benton Jones.
- Grand River
The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Madison County.
† county seat
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Municipal type||Population (2010 Census)|
|8||Bevington (partially in Warren County)||City||63|
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