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.


Created:  March 6, 1868

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 the city 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 floors of terrazzo, the wainscoting of the main corridor of pink Tennessee marble. The building is decorated with murals.

 

Note:  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 of the 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.

 

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

 

Courthouses: 

N – Otter Tail County

E – Douglas County

S – Stevens County

W – Traverse County and Wilkin County

 

 

                       

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Photos taken 2007, 2008 and 2017