Griggs County is named for Alexander Griggs, a Red River steamboat captain and pioneer of Grand Forks.
Created: February 18, 1881
Cooperstown 1881 – present
County Courthouse – Cooperstown
Location: 808 Rollin Avenue Southwest / 9th Street Southeast
Built: 1884 – 1885
Style: High Victorian Gothic
Architect: F B Edwards
Contractor: Alexander Moffat of Sanborn, North Dakota and J C Drake of Valley City
Description: The building faces north and is a two story dark red colored brick and stone High Victorian Gothic style structure. The building is located on spacious grounds in the center of the city and is 91 feet by 48 feet. There is a stone foundation and the stair tower ion the northeast corner has a pyramidal roof surmounted by an ornate weathervane. Below the second story windows are rectangular recessions of white colored brick centered with lozenge shaped patterns of black colored brick. The building has a brick chimney. An addition was constructed by Wells-Denbrook of Grand Forks on the southwest corner in 1960.
Note: The courthouse is one of the oldest public buildings in North Dakota. The cost of construction was $20,980.
See: National Register of Historic Places – Griggs County Courthouse
North – Nelson County
East – Steele County
South – Barnes County
Photos taken 2006, 2008 and 2010