Aitkin County

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Aitkin

Aitkin County is named for William Alexander Aitkin ( Aitken ), who was a fur trader with the Ojibwee Native American people.

 

Created:   May 23, 1857

County Seat:

Aitkin  1857 – present

 

County Courthouse – Aitkin

 

Location:  209   2nd Street NW / 2nd Avenue NW

Built:  1929 – 1930

Style:  Beaux Arts and Moderne

Architect:  Toltz, King and Day of Saint Paul

Contractor:  Standard Construction Company and E C Pell

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story buff colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The building is constructed with Bedford limestone. The north front has a projecting centre section with vertical stone ornamentation. A wide cornice runs below the roof line. The interior has marble wainscoting, oak woodwork, terrazzo floors and stained glass skylights. The courtroom is located on the south side of the second story. The south annex was designed and constructed by Nor-Son Inc. in 1990. An addition was constructed in 2018 to 2019 on the west side. The architect was BKV Group of Saint Louis Park and the contractor was Contegrity Group Inc. of Little Falls. The old red colored brick jail was demolished..

 

See:  The architect, Toltz, King & Day of St. Paul, Minnesota designed many courthouses.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was a leased schoolhouse in 1858. The second courthouse was constructed by Alexander Grant in 1887 at a cost of $13,200. The cost of construction of the current courthouse was $155,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Itasca County 

E – Saint Louis CountyCarlton County and Pine County

S – Kanabec County and Mille Lacs County

W – Crow Wing County and Cass County

 

 

 

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Former Old County Jail now demolished

 

 

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Former Old County Jail now demolished

 

 

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Courthouse 1887

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2019