Benson County

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Benson County is named for Bertil W Benson, a Valley City merchant and land dealer who served in the House of Representatives.


Created:  March 9, 1883

County Seat: 

Minnewaukan  1884 – present


County Courthouse – Minnewaukan


Location:  311 B Avenue South / 3rd Street East

Built:  1900 – 1901

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  W G Russell of Grand Forks

Contractor:  D H Lord & Company


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story brown colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on spacious grounds in the center of the city The building has a course stone base. On the north side is square brick tower with a large arched window on the second story and topped by parapet, pyramidal roof a white colored wood cupola.


Note:  The first courthouse was located in the Arlington Hotel and then a one story courthouse was built in 1888. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $40,000.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Benson County Courthouse



N – Pierce County and Towner County

E – Ramsey County and Nelson County

S – Eddy County and Wells County

W – Pierce County





County Courthouse






















Photos taken 2007 and 2009