Dunn County

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Dunn County is named for John Piatt Dunn of Bismarck,  North Dakota ( 1839-1917 ), an 1872 arrival who opened the first drug store in North Dakota and who was a civic and commercial leader. 


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – McKenzie County and Mountrail County

E – McLean County and Mercer County

S – Stark County

W – Billings County and McKenzie County 


Created:  May 24, 1901                          Map of North Dakota highlighting Dunn County

County Seat:

Manning  1908 – present


County Courthouse – Manning


Location:  205 Owens Street / Highway 22

Built: 1994 – 1995

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Rich zumBrunnen

Contractor:  Kolling & Kolling Inc.


Description:  The building faces south and  is a one story dark brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Manning. The south front of the rectangular shaped building has a single thin column supporting the brick portico. Two horizontal brown colored bands wrap around the exterior. The building has small windows and the roof line is flat. The building houses the County District Court of the Southwest Judicial District. 


History:  The county was created in 1901 and Manning was selected as the county seat in 1908 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was a one story frame structure built beside the Knife River in 1908. The courthouse burned in 1912. The second courthouse was a one story frame structure designed by Arnt Ree and built by Davis & Son in 1914 to 1915 at a cost of $3,800. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1994 to 1995.




County Courthouse – Manning



















Picture 1915 County Courthouse

Photos taken 2007 and 2009