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 sloped. In the interior, the grand staircase is located at the center of the north side. The County District Court courtroom is located on the south side of the third story. The building houses the County District Court of the 6th Judicial District. 


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Carlton County Courthouse


County Justice Center – Carlton


Location:  Interstate 35 / Highway 210

Built:  2022 – 2024

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Klein McCarthy Architects

Contractor:  Adolphson & Peterson Construction


Description:  The building is under construction.


Note:  Taracon Precast of Hawley was awarded the contract to furnish the needed pre-cast concrete for construction of the new Justice Center complex at a cost of $5,230,000.


See:  The 6th Judicial District includes Cook CountyLake County and Saint Louis County.


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




























County District Court courtroom
















Photos taken 2006, 2007 and 2022