Clearwater County

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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 Fargo, North Dakota

Contractor:  A Hedenberg of Duluth


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete Moderne style structure with square lines. The building faces east and was completed in 1938. The building which is 60 feet by 100 feet, faces east 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. Inside the building has plastered walls while the courtroom is finished in mahogany veneer. The roof line is flat. The building was renovated in 1998. The contractor was Gordon Construction.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1903 on the present site.



N – Beltrami County 

E – Beltrami County and Hubbard County

S – Becker County

W – Mahnomen County, Polk County and Pennington County

















Photos taken 2007