Lac Qui Parle County

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Lac Qui Parle

Lac Qui Parle County is the French name meaning the “lake that talks”, a translation of the Dakota name for the lake “Mdeiyedan”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Big Stone County and Swift County

E – Chippewa County and Yellow Medicine County

S – Yellow Medicine County

W – Deuel County, South Dakota and Grant County, South Dakota

 

Created:  March 6, 1871                         Map of Minnesota highlighting Lac qui Parle County

County Seat:

Lac Qui Parle  1871 – 1889

Madison          1889 – present

 

County Courthouse – Madison

 

Location:  600   6th Street West / 6th Avenue

Built:  1898 –  1899

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  Buechner and Jacobson of Saint Paul

Contractor:  Olaf Swenson of Saint Paul

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story red colored brick structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Madison. The walls are built of red colored brick trimmed with sandstone above a high basement of river boulders. The building is 59 feet by 134 feet and is centered by a high central tower with an open arcade. Inside, the stairs have marble treads and there is quarry tile in the hallways and tongue-and-grove hardwood on the other floors. There are original oak stairs, banisters, wainscoting and doors. 

 

History:  The first courthouse was built in Lac Qui Parle in 1870. In 1886, the courthouse was moved to Madison. The cost of construction of the second and present courthouse in 1898 to 1899 was $36,705.

 

                       

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County Courthouse – Madison

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2017