Carlton County

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Carlton County is named for Reuben B Carlton, one of the first settlers in the town of Fond du Lac and who was a farmer and blacksmith for the Ojibway.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Saint Louis County

E – Douglas County, Wisconsin

S – Pine County

W – Aitkin County


Created:  May 23, 1857                          Map of Minnesota highlighting Carlton County

County Seat:

Twin Lakes               1857 – 1870

Thomson                  1870 – 1890

Carlton ( Cloquet )   1890 – present


County Courthouse – Carlton


Location:  301 Walnut Avenue / 3rd Street

Built:  1922 – 1924

Style:  Classical Second Renaissance Revival

Architect:  Clyde W Kelly

Contractor:  Niebuhr Company of Minneapolis


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story cream colored brick, concrete and stone structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Carlton. In the center section are four columns rising from the second to the top of the third story. The base of the building is stone. The roof is hipped.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Carlton County Courthouse


History:  The county was created in 1857 and Twin Lakes was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a tavern. In 1870, the county seat moved to Thomson and the second courthouse was a converted frame structure. In 1890, the county seat was moved to Cloquet when a second jail had been built in 1880. In 1890, the third courthouse was a two story brick structure built in Cloquet which became Carlton. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1922 to 1924 at a cost of $301,350.




County Courthouse – Carlton







Photos taken 2006 and 2007