Wabasha County

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Wabasha County is named for a three generation line of Sioux Native American chiefs named “Wabasha”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Goodhue County and Pepin County, Wisconsin

E – Buffalo County, Wisconsin

S – Winona County and Olmsted County

W – Goodhue County


Created:  October 17, 1849                    Map of Minnesota highlighting Wabasha County

County Seat:

Wabasha  1849 – present


County Courthouse – Wabasha


Location:  625 Jefferson Avenue / Market Street

Built:  1892 – 1893

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  Albert Zshockse

Contractor:  Evans, Chamberlain, Alexander and Lutz


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick structure. The rectangular shaped building is located in the center of Wabasha. The foundation is rough limestone. The Romanesque features have been removed including the corner tower which was demolished in 1939. The central section projects from the main building and the roof line is flat. In the interior, the Historic County District Court courtroom is located on the second story.  the second story and used to rise 28 feet into the third story. There are two courtrooms on the third story. The building houses the County District Court of the 3rd Judicial District. An addition of red colored brick was added in 1970 to form an “L” shape on the west side. The architect was Eckert and Carlson of Winona.


County Criminal Justice Center – Wabasha




Location:  848 East 17th Street / Hiawatha Drive East

Built:  2007 – 2009

Style:  Modern

Architect:  KKE Architects, Inc

Contractor:  CAM, Inc.


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a two story structure. The building is located on spacious grounds to the south of the center of the city. The building forms a “L” shape with the glass entrance in the center. The roof line is flat.


See:  The 3rd Judicial District includes Dodge CountyFillmore CountyFreeborn CountyHouston County, Mower County, Olmsted County, Rice County, Steele CountyWaseca County and Winona County.


History:  The county was created in 1849 and Wabasha was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a leased hall and the first court was held in a warehouse in 1856 in Wabasha. In 1860, Wabasha donated a stone school house to serve as the second courthouse. In 1892, the original section of the present and third courthouse was constructed at a cost of $25,700. The County Criminal Justice Center was constructed in 2007 to 2009,


County Administration Building – Wabasha




Location:   625 Jefferson Avenue / Market Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces south and  is a two story brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city on the south side of the courthouse.





County Courthouse – Wabasha













Historic County District Court courtroom










County Administration Building – Wabasha










County Criminal Justice Center – Wabasha

























Photos taken 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2019