Pope County

US States / M / Minnesota / Pope County

Pope County is named for General John Pope, who led explorations in the area. He was also commander of the United States Army’s Department of the Northwest, headquartered in Saint Paul.


Created:  February 20, 1862

County Seat:

Glenwood  1866 – present


County Courthouse – Glenwood


Location:  130 East Minnesota Avenue / 1st Street SE

Built:  1928 – 1930

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:   Nairne W Fisher of St. Cloud

Contractor:  Mads Madsen


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story buff colored brick and stone structure. The building has a central pavilion that boasts engaged piers, decorated panels and heavy entablature. Upon the central frieze are carved the words: “Built to Perpetuate Civic Order and Justice”. The building is 62 feet by 146 feet. The light sand-coloured brick came from Ohio and the limestone trim is from Bedford, Indiana. The hallway wainscoting is Vermont marble. Metal grillwork in the stairway and protective ornament on the front doors were custom-designed. Walnut with black ebony inlay was used for courtroom furniture. The commissioners’ boardroom and various lobby benches were furnished and decorated with quarter-sawed oak, enhanced with ebony.



N – Douglas County

E – Stearns County

S – Kandiyohi County and Swift County

W – Stevens County




















Photos taken 2007 and 2012