Clay County

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Clay

Clay County is named for Henry Clay Jr., who was a Colonel who died in action in the Mexican-American War and who was the son of Henry Clay, a famous American.

 

Created:  January 18, 1851

County Seat:

Peterson  1851 – 1871

Spencer   1871 – present

 

County Courthouse – Spencer

 

Location:  215 West 4th Street / 2nd Avenue West

Built:  1900 – 1901

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Kinney & Detweiler of Minneapolis, Minnesota

Contractor:  E Miller

 

Description: The building faces south and is a two story Portage Entry Red Stone structure. The front has a large portico supported by four large columns rising to a pediment at the roof with an American Eagle with outstretched wings surrounded by a laurel wreath. A dark red stone forms the base of the building. On the center of the roof is a large bronze dome. The clock tower was added in 1910. The building was renovated in 1981 to 1982. The architect was Fritzel-Kroeger-Griffin & Berg and the contractor was Spencer Construction Company Inc.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in Peterson at a cost of $6,900 in 1851. The second courthouse was built in Spencer in 1871 at a cost of $1,333. And soon the third courthouse was built at a cost of $4,435. The present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $60,000.

 

County Administration – Spencer

 

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Location:  300 West 4th Street / 3rd Avenue West

Built:  1980 – 1901

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Fritzel-Kroeger-Griffin & Berg

Contractor:  Sioux Contractors Inc.

 

Description: The building faces north and is a one story gray-red colored brick structure. The roof line is flat.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Dickinson County

E – Palo Alto County

S – Buena Vista County

W – O’Brien County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2010