Kanabec County is named for the Snake River which is named “kanabec” in Ojibwaymeaninmg “snake”.
Created: March 13, 1858
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