Kanabec County

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Kanabec County is named for the Snake River which is named “kanabec” in Ojibwaymeaninmg “snake”.


Created:  March 13, 1858

County Seat:

Brunswick  1881 – 1882

Mora          1882 – present


County Courthouse – Mora


Location:  18  Vine Street North / Maple Avenue East

Built:  1893 – 1894

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  Buechner and Jacobson of Saint Paul

Contractor:  Charles Skoglund of Saint Paul


Description:  The building faces west and  is a three story brown colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds and  is constructed with light colored brick trimmed with brown colored sandstone rising from a rubble stone foundation. The building has no basement. The windows and entrance are arched. A row of corbelled brick marks the eves. Tourelles accentuate the corners of the peaked square central tower that rises four stories. Inside are hardwood floors and a staircase with spool balusters of oak. In 1937, a three story addition was added to the east side. In 1974, a two story addition was added to the south side. The architect was Fred Wemlinger of St. Cloud.


Note:  The previous courthouse was built in 1883 at a cost of $4,200 and the building burned eleven years later. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $7,200. The cost of the 1937 addition was $36,000, and the cost of the 1974 addition was 1974 at a cost of $219,628.



N – Aitkin County

E – Pine County

S – Isanti County

W – Mile Lacs County

















Photos taken 2007 and 2008