Houston County

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Houston

Houston County is named for Sam Houston, who was a Texas politician.

 

Created:  February 23, 1854

County Seat:

Caledonia  1855 – present

 

County Courthouse – Caledonia

 

Location:  304  South Marshall Street / Washington Street

Built:  1883 – 1885

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  Maybury and Sons of Winona

Contractor:  Noonan and Stellwager

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story brown colored rough limestone structure. The east front has a recessed entrance trimmed with stone on the first story. Above rises a high square stone tower with peaked roof. The building extends outwards on the north and south sides. The building contains five chandeliers and ornamental woodwork. In 1965 and 1966, an annex was added. The contractor was Nelson Construction Company of Caledonia. In 1977, another larger addition was added on the north side. The contractor was Kratt, Meyer and Lachecki of La Crosse, Wisconsin.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1857 and the second courthouse was built in 1868 at a cost of $2,000. The cost of construction of the current courthouse was $60,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Winona County

E – La Crosse County, Wisconsin and Vernon County, Wisconsin

S – Allamakee County, Iowa and Winneshiek County, Iowa

W – Fillmore County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2008