Yellow Medicine County

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Yellow Medicine County is named after the Yellow Medicine River that crosses the county. Yellow Medicine stems from the Dakota word “pajutazee”, for the long yellow grasses that are abundant in the region.

 

Created:  March 6, 1871

County Seat:

Granite Falls  1874 – present

 

Former County Courthouse – Granite Falls

 

Location:  415 Ninth Street / Granite Street

Built:  1889 – 1890

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  Frederick E Hoover

Contractor:  C W Kerrick & Company of Minneapolis

 

Description:  The building faced north and  was a three story light yellow colored brick and stone structure. The building was located on spacious grounds in the center of the city. The north front had a square brick tower rising to a peaked roof at the fourth story. The northeast corner had a rounded tower with conical roof. The building had been remodeled, modernized and added to in 1942, 1956, and 1967. In 1975 a one story addition was constructed on the north west side and a two story brick addition was constructed on the east side. The building was raized in 2016 and became the north parking lot.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was contributed by the residents of Granite Falls in 1876. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $14,768. The cost of the addition in 1975 was $418,716.

 

County Justice Center – Granite Falls

 

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Location:  415 Ninth Street / Granite Street

Built:  2013 – 2016

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Wold Architects and Engineers

Contractor:  Contegrity Group Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story buff colored brick, steel, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The north front has a projecting glass paneled section on the east side with projecting canopy and the main entrance on the first story. Along the front are two projecting dark brown colored brick sections. There are vertical panels between the windows. The roof line is flat. The building joins the existing brick structure along the east side. 

 

Note:  The cost of construction was $6,300,000.

 

 

Courthouses: 

N – Lac Qui Parle County and Chippewa County 

E – Renville County and Redwood County

S – Redwood County, Lyon County and Lincoln County

W – Deuel County, South Dakota 

 

 

 

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Former County Courthouse

 

 

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County Justice Center

 

 

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Old flag found in antic of demolished courthouse

 

 

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Cornerstone of demolished courthouse

Pictures taken 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2017