Waseca County

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Waseca County is named for the Dakota word meaning “rich and fertile” referring to the soil found in the area.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Le Suere County and Rice County

E – Steele County

S –  Freeborn County and Faribault County

W – Blue Earth County

 

Created:  February 27, 1857                  Map of Minnesota highlighting Waseca County

County Seat:

Wilton     1857 – 1870

Waseca  1857 – present

 

County Courthouse – Waseca

 

Location:  307 North State Street / 3rd Avenue NW

Built:  1896 – 1897

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque Revival

Architect:  Orff and Joralemon of Minneapolis

Contractor:  T D Carrol of Saint Paul Park

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The building is 96 feet by 74 feet and is built with buff colored brick and Kasota limestone belt courses and trim. There is a large square bell tower with a flag pole. Its loggia and clock sit above a roof of peaks and gables. At the east entrance is a triple arcade. The interior has oak woodwork, wainscoting. Titled fireplaces, etched glass, paneled doors and marble floors. A two story building was added in 1971 and an annex added in 1976.

 

See:  The architect, Fremont D Orff, designed courthouses in Minnesota in Big Stone County, Red Lake County and Renville Countyand in Nebraska in Wayne County

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Waseca County Courthouse

 

History:  The county was created in 1857 and Wilton was designated as the county seat. The first courthouse was a store located in Wilton purchased for $700. The courthouse burned in 1865 and court was held in a wagon shop. The county seat was moved to Waseca in 1870 and the second courthouse was a brick structure. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1896 to 1897 at a cost of $65,000.

                                

 

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County Courthouse – Waseca

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2017