Dickinson County is named for Daniel Stevens Dickinson, who was a United States senator for New York.
Created: January 15, 1851
Spirit Lake 1857 – present
County Courthouse – Spirit Lake
Location: 1802 Hill Avenue / 18th Street
Built: 2005 – 2008
Architect: RDG Planning and Design of Des Moines
Contractor: McHan Construction Company of Sioux City
Description: The building faces northeast and is a two story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The north front is a crescent with glass walls and vertical dividers. In the front is a three story square red brick tower similar to the clock tower of the 1891 courthouse.
Note: The first courthouse was built in 1859 to 1860. The building burned in 1871. The second courthouse was designed by T D Allen and built by H J Francis and Lenard and Wallace in 1891. An addition was sesigned by James H Walsh and constructed by Fagre Construction Company in 1957. The building was razed for the present courthouse.
N – Jackson County, Minnesota
E – Emmet County
S – Clay County
W – Osceola County
Photos taken 2008 and 2010