Pope County

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Pope

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:

Stockdale  1866 – 1867

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 is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. 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. The courtroom is located on the second story. 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. An addition was constructed in 1985. The architect was Rieke Carroll Muller Associates Inc. The building was renovated in 2011. The architect was Klein McCarthy Architects of Minneapolis and the contractor was Contegrity Group Inc. of Little Falls.

 

Note : The first courthouse in 1866 was a log cabin in Stockdale. The second courthouse was a two story wood structure built in Glenwood in 1867. In 1879, the third courthouse was a two story brick structure built at a cost of $8,000. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1928 at a cost of $153,000.

 

Old County Courthouse – Glenwood

 

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Location:  809 South Lake Shore Drive / 8th Avenue SE

Built:  1866

Style:  Log Cabin

Architect:   OLe Peterson

Contractor:  Ole Peterson

 

Description:  The building faces

Courthouses: 

N – Douglas County

E – Stearns County

S – Kandiyohi County and Swift County

W – Stevens County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Picture 1879 Courthouse

 

 

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Old County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2007, 2012 and 2019