Stephenson County

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Stephenson County is named for Benjamin Stephenson, who was the Adjutant General of the Illinois Territory from 1813 to 1814.


Created:  March 4, 1837

County Seat:

Freeport 1837 – present


County Courthouse – Freeport


Location:  15 North Galena Avenue / East Stephenson Street

Built:  1973 – 1974

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Johnson, Kile and Seehaussen

Contractor:  Cheeseman Construction


Description: The building faces southwest and is a two story concrete, stone and glass structure. Horizontal pillars support the outside of the building with the first story being recessed. The second story has few windows and large panels of buff colored concrete. The roof line is recessed with brown color.


Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by E E Myers and built by A Walbaum Company in 1873. The building was torn down for the construction of the present courthouse.



N – Lafayette County, Wisconsin and Green County, Wisconsin 

E – Winnebago County

S – Ogle County and Carroll County

W – Jo Daviess County













Photos taken by 2006 and 2010