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
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.
E – Douglas County
S – Stevens County
Photos taken 2007, 2008 and 2017