Watonwan County

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Watonwan

Watonwan County is named for the Watonwan River which name comes from the Dakota word “watanwan” meaning “where fish bait abounds”.

 

Created:  February 25,1860

County Seat:

Madelia     1860 – 1878

St. James  1878 – present

 

County Courthouse – St. James

 

Location:  710 2nd Avenue South / 7th Street South

Built:  1895 – 1896

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque Revival

Architect:  H C Gerlach

Contractor:  Otto Kleinschmidt of Mankato

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and Indiana limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city and has asymmetric features, towers and pavilions. Marble pillars at the front support three arches of limestone. The second floor courtroom has a recessed dome with large chandelier. The hallways are of rust and white colored polished tile. The building was remodeled in 1950. Additions were added in 1972 and 1981. On the northeast side is the Courthouse Annex.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Brown County

E – Blue Earth County

S – Martin County

W – Cottonwood County 

                                

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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County Courthouse Annex

 

 

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Photos taken 2008, 2012 and 2017