Big Stone County

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Big Stone

Big Stone County is the named for Big Stone Lake located in the county and is the translation of the Dakota Native American name for the lake, which alludes to the large outcropping of granite near the foot of the lake.

 

Created:  February 20, 1862

County Seat:

Ortonville  1881 – present

 

County Courthouse – Ortonville

 

Location:  20   2nd Street SE / Lincoln Avenue

Built:  1901 – 1902

Style:  Gothic between Romanesque and Classical

Architect:  Fremont D Orff of Minneapolis

Contractor:  D H Olsen

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a three story light tan colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The building is accented with Ortonville granite in a transitional style between Romanesque, in the central arched doorway, and Classical formalism, shown in the arrangement of the windows. The central pavilion, wide gable and key-stoned lintels of the windows carry out this theme. The west front has a large central arch at the first story entrance. The roof is hipped. The building sits on a hilltop.

 

See:  The architect, Fremont D Orff, designed courthouses in Minnesota in Red Lake County, Renville County and Waseca County; and in Nebraska in Wayne County.

 

Note:  From 1862 to 1866, the county was attached to  Renville County and from 1866 to 1873, it was attached to Stevens County for judicial purposes. The local building used as a courthouse from 1873 was destroyed by fire in 1885. The first courthouse was built in 1886 at a cost of $4,298. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $29,999.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Traverse County

E – Stevens County and Swift County

S – Lac Qui Parle County

W – Grant County, South Dakota and Roberts County, South Dakota

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2007, 2008 and 2017