Jackson County

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Jackson County is named for Henry Jackson, who was the first merchant in Saint Paul and a member of the first territorial legislature.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Cottonwood County

E – Martin County

S – Emmet County, Iowa, Dickinson County, Iowa and Osceola County, Iowa

W – Nobles County

Created:  May 23, 1857                          Map of Minnesota highlighting Jackson County

County Seat:

Jackson  1857 – present


County Courthouse – Jackson


Location:  405   4th Street / Sherman Street

Built:  1908 – 1909

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Buechner and Orth of Minneapolis

Contractor:  Charles Skooglun of Saint Paul


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story gray colored Bedford limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious sloped landscaped grounds in the center of Jackson. The high segmented dome is topped by a cast-metal statue of Justice. On the east front, monumental stone columns rise to a pediment. The symmetrical pavilions reflect the classicism of civic buildings at that time. The building is 80 feet by 120 feet. Inside is a central octagonal atrium with murals. There is a stained glass ceiling at the top of the dome. The interior of the dome and second floor courtroom is decorated by a significant number of murals. Four panels in the dome depict development of the county in allegorical terms; for example, construction and engineering is depicted by toga-clad figures in a classic setting.


See:  The architect Buechiner & Orth of St. Paul, Minnesota designed many courthouses.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Jackson County Courthouse


History:  The county was created in 1857 and Jackson was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was designed and built by T L Twilford of Spirit Lake in 1871 to 1873. The second and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $117,435.



County Government Center – Jackson




Location:  405   4th Street / Sherman Street

Built:  2010 – 2012

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Wold Architects and Engineers

Contractor:  Contegrity Group. Inc. of Little Falls


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Jackson on the southwest side of the courthouse. The east front has a two story central section with sloped roof. The building has large glass windows. The roof line is flat. 




County Courthouse – Jackson










































County Government Center – Jackson







Photos taken 2007 and 2017