Faribault County is named for Jean Baptiste Faribault, who was the first white settler to farm in Minnesota and was a major figure in trade with the Dakotas from 1830 to 1860.
Created: February 20, 1855
Blue Earth 1855 – present
County Courthouse – Blue Earth
Location: 415 North Main Street / West 4th Street
Built: 1891 – 1892
Architect: C S Dunham of Burlington, Iowa
Contractor: S J Hoban of Saint Paul
Description: The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds. The stone for the high base is rusticated limestone from the Kasota quarry. At the southeast corner is a seven story tower. The roof is clay tile, decorations are terra cotta, and columns on the tower and loggia above the double arched east front entrance are made of granite. The Syrian arches of the entrance rest on squat columns with foliated capitals. A gargoyle in the form of a satyr’s head was placed above and between the arches. Inside is golden oak woodwork and stained glass transoms. There is a spiral stair in the rear tower. A west wing was added in 1974. In 2017 to 2018, the building was renovated. The architect was I&S Group and the contractor was Met-Con Construction and Ankeny Builders.
Note: The first courthouse was built in 1872 at a cost of $5,000. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $70,000. The cost of construction of the west wing was $485,000.
E – Freeborn County
W – Martin County
Photos taken 2007 and 2017