Koochiching County

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Koochiching is derived from the Cree word “Ouchichiq” that the Ojibway applied to both Rainy Lake and Rainy River. Reverend J A Gifillan translated it to mean “Neighbor Lake and River”. The name was given to the falls of  the Rainy River.

 

Created:  December 19, 1906

County Seat:

International Falls  1906 – present

 

County Courthouse – International Falls

 

Location:  715 4th Street / 7th Avenue

Built:  1909 - 1910

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Charles E Bell of Minneapolis

Contractor:  O J Oyen of La Crosse, Wisconsin

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The first story is rusticated limestone and the second and third stories are red brick with a stone belt course on each level. The central domed cupola has four sides with a gold dome at the top. On the north of the building, three pavilions rise two stories, flanked by pilasters with Doric capitals supporting a segmental arched pediment. The murals were painted by E Sonderberg of La Crosse, Wisconsin. In 1974, a two story addition was added on the east side. The architect was John Ivey Thomas / Thomas A Vecchi, Inc. of Duluth and the contractor was Nasvik Construction Company Inc. In 1979 the west wing was added. The architect was John Ivey Thomas / Thomas A Vecchi, Inc. of Duluth and the contractor was Nasvik Construction Company Inc.

 

See:  The architect Charles E Bell of Minneapolis, Minnesota designed many courthouses.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Ontario, Canada

E – Saint Louis County

S – Itasca County 

W – Beltrami County and Lake of the Woods County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2011