Grant County

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Grant County is named for Ulysses Grant, who led the  Union forces to victory in the American Civil War and  was elected President of the United States.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Otter Tail County

E – Douglas County

S – Stevens County

W – Traverse County and Wilkin County

Created:  March 6, 1868                         Map of Minnesota highlighting Grant County

County Seat:

Elbow Lake  1868 – present


County Courthouse – Elbow Lake


Location:  10  Second Street NE / Central Avenue North

Built:  1905 – 1906

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Charles E Bell and Meno S Detweiler of Minneapolis

Contractor:  Prince Construction Company of Minneapolis


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story dark red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Elbow Lake and has a towering segmented dome. The building is 97 feet by 75 feet and rises 102.5 feet to the top of the tower. The Portwing brownstone came from a quarry near Duluth. The roof is built of slate. The walls of the foyer are decorated with hand-painted Grant County emblems and the name of the county is incorporated into the marble floor. An open stairway with marble steps, cast iron balustrades and ornate cast iron lamp standards leads to the second story. The floors are terrazzo with wainscoting in the main corridor of pink Tennessee marble. The building is decorated with murals. The courtroom is located on the second story. 


See:  The architect Charles E Bell of Minneapolis, Minnesota designed many courthouses.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Grant County Courthouse


History:  The county was created in 1868 and Elbow Lake was selected as the county seat. The county officers met at private homes. The first courthouse was designed by A C Earsley and built by H H Wilson of Alexandria in 1878 at a cost of $1,225. The cost of construction in 1905 to 1906 of the second and present courthouse was $60,202. Oden J Oyen of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, was paid $3,000 for decorating the inside of the building with murals and other artwork.




County Courthouse – Elbow Lake

















































Photos taken 2007, 2008 and 2017