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. on the west side of the courthouse is the red colored brick jail.

 

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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County Courthouse

 

 

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Old County Jail

Photos taken 2007