Worth County

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Worth County is named for William Jenkins Worth, who was an officer in the Black Hawk War and in the Mexican-American War.


Created:  January 15, 1851

County Seat:

Northwood  1855 – present


County Courthouse – Northwood


Location:  1000 Central Avenue / 10th Street

Built:  1893 – 1894

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  H R P Hamilton

Contractor:  S Road


Description: The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick structure. The south entrance has a large arch trimmed with stone on the first story. On the east side of the entrance is a square brick tower rising to the third story. There is stone trim above the windows. The base of the building is course white stone. The building was enlarged and remodeled in 1938.


Old County Courthouse – Northwood




Location:  917 Central Avenue / Orchid Avenue ( 10th Street )

Built:  1879 – 1880

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  Simon Larson

Contractor:  Simon Larson


Description: The building faces north and is a two story dark red colored brick structure. The windows are arched. The foundation of the building is white colored course stone. The building served as the courthouse until 1892. Since 1973, the building houses the Worth County Historical Museum.


Note:  The cost of construction was $4,400.



N – Freeborn County, Minnesota and Mower County, Minnesota 

E – Mitchell County

S – Cerro Gordo County 

W – Winnebego County














Photos taken 2008