Clearwater County

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Clearwater

Clearwater County is named after the Clearwater River and Clearwater Lake and in Ojibway the translation is “Ga-wakomitigweia”.

 

Created:  December 20, 1902

County Seat:

Bagley  1902 – present

 

County Courthouse – Bagley

 

Location:  213   Main Avenue North / 1st Street NW

Built:  1937 – 1938

Style:  Moderne

Architect:  Foss and Company of Fergus Falls

Contractor:  A Hedenberg & Company of Duluth

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure with square lines. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The building is 60 feet by 100 feet and the entrance is defined by large glass windows and sidelights that rise two stories. The original face brick was motored over to give the building a smooth surface. Symmetrically arranged windows and a central doorway are trimmed in green color. Inside the building has plastered walls while the courtroom is finished in mahogany veneer. The roof line is flat. The building was renovated in 1986. The architect was Thomas C Jones of Clearbrook and the contractor was Watson Brothers of Grand Rapids.  An addition was constructed in 1998. The architect was Richard Rude and the contractor was Gordon Construction.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was a two story frame structure built in 1903 on the present site. An addition was built in 1916. The architect was R F Broomhall.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Beltrami County 

E – Beltrami County and Hubbard County

S – Becker County

W – Mahnomen County, Polk County and Pennington County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2019