Murray County

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Murray

Murray County is named for William Pitt Murray, who was a member of the territorial legislature from 1852 to 1855, state senator and Saint Paul city Councilor.

 

Created:  May 23, 1857

County Seat:

Currie    1857 – 1887

Slayton  1887 – present

 

County Administration – Slayton

 

Location:  2500 28th Street / Broadway Avenue

Built:  1981 – 1982

Style:  Modern

Architect:  The Spitzhagel Partners Inc. of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Delpro Construction of Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Contractor:  SWesta Builders, Inc. of Marshall

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a one story concrete and red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The Administration Building forms the north part of the Murray County Government Center. The interior has a center atrium with skylight. the roof line is flat.

 

County Courthouse – Slayton

 

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Location:  2500 28th Street / Broadway Avenue

Built:  1973 – 1974

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Stegner, Hendrickson, McNutt and Sullivan of Marshall

Contractor:  Blum-Carlson Construction Company of Blooming Prairie

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a one story concrete and red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. There are recessed areas with windows and doorways. The old courtroom from the previous courthouse was reconstructed in the building. The roof line is flat. The Court House forms the south part of the Murray County Government Center.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was a frame building purchased in 1873 for $73 in Currie. The second courthouse was built in 1880 at a cost of $1,155.  In 1887, the county seat was moved to Slayton. The third courthouse was a Romanesque Revival structure designed by Frank Thayer of Mankato and constructed by Leck and McLeod of Minneapolis built in 1892. The third  and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $370,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Lyon County and Redwood County

E – Cottonwood County

S – Nobles County

W – Pipestone County

 

 

 

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County Government Center

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2007