Swift County

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Swift County is named for Henry Adoniram Swift, who was Governor of Minnesota in 1863. and who was elected lieutenant governor and then succeeded to the governorship when Governor Alexander Ramsey resigned to become a United States Senator.

 

Created:  February 18, 1870

County Seat:

Benson  1870 – present

 

County Courthouse – Benson

 

Location:   301 14th Street North / Idaho Avenue

Built:  1897 – 1898

Style:  Richardsonia Romanesque

Architect:  Buechner and Jacobson of Saint Paul

Contractor:  Deeks & Company

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and stone n structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. Two stories and the basement are topped with steep gabled attic and two towers. The major tower rises to double the height of the building. The towers, gables, dormers, cornice and triple-arched entrance are embellished with Kasota stone above the high, rusticated limestone foundation. The building also has Syrian polished granite columns and carved capitals. Inside, the building is finished with golden oak woodwork, parquet floors, oak wainscoting and marble mopboards. The two courtrooms are located on the second story. In 1976, a clock and carillon chimes were installed in the tower. During construction, the Superintendent was John Bergstrom. The building was renovated in 2017 to 2018. The architect was Wold Architects and Engineers and the contractor was Sussner Construction. 

 

Note:  The first courthouse was a two story clapboard structure built by A G DesParois of St. Paul in 1876 at a cost of $2,600. The second and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $60,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Stevens County and Pope County

E – Kandiyohi County

S – Chippewa County

W – Lac Qui Parle County and Big Stone County

 

 

 

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Law Enforcement Center

 

 

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Photos taken 2007, 2012, 2017 and 2019