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 in the center of the city 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. The architect was Thomas J Shefchik and contractor was Wendell P Huber. In 1974, a two story addition was added to the south side. The architect was Fred Wemlinger of St. Cloud. The building was renovated in 1999. The architect was Architecture One and the contractor was W Gohman Construction Company.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Kanabec County Courthouse


Note:  The first 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 and second courthouse was $9,000. 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





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Photos taken 2007, 2008 and 2019