McLean County

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McLean

McLean County is named for John A McLean of Bismarck ( 1849–1916 ), a pominent merchant and the first mayor of Bismarck. 

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Mountrail CountyWard County and McHenry County

E – Sheridan County and Burleigh County

S – Burleigh County, Oliver County and Mercer County

W – Mercer CountyDunn County and Mountrail County

    

Created:  March 8, 1883                         Map of North Dakota highlighting McLean County

County Seat:  

Washburn  1883 – present

 

Former County Courthouse – Washburn

 

Location:  712 5th Avenue / 7th Street

Built:  1907 – 1908

Style:   Romanesque / Federal

Architect:  Hancock Brothers

Contractor:  T F Powers

 

Description:  The building faced south and was a two story buff colored brick structure. The building was located on landscaped grounds on the north side of the center of Washburn. The south front had a high central square brick tower rising from the entrance to the gabled roof. The building was constructed in two stages. The second part of the building was constructed in 1917. The architect was Hancock Brothers and the contractor was Andrew Person. In 1963, a modern addition was built on the west side. The jail was constructed by Pauley Jail Construction Company.

 

 Note:  Voters had approved a new courthouse in November 2010 and demolition of the old courthouse and its 1963 addition. The building was razed in November 2013.

 

County Courthouse – Washburn

 

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Location:  712 5th Avenue / 7th Street

Built:  2011 – 2013

Style:   Modern

Architect:  Al Fitterer of Mandan

Contractor:  Capital City Construction Inc. of Bismarck

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a four story buff colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the north side of the center of Washburn and backs into a slight slope. The south front has a large central glass section. On the west side is a four story section. The roof line is flat. The former courthouse had been located along the west side.

 

Old County Courthouse – Washburn

 

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Location:  612 Main Street / 7th Street

Built:  1905 – 1906

Style:   Georgian Revival

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story wood frame  structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Washburn and has clapboard siding. The windows are one-over-one double hung with wooden frames. The roof is pitched.  The building was used as a courthouse from 1905 to 1915.

 

 See:  National Register of Historic Places – Former McLean County Courthouse

 

History:  Washburn became the county seat in 1883. The first courthouse was a two story structure built in 1889. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1895. The second courthouse was built in 1905 and is still standing. The third courthouse was constructed in 1907 to 1908, expanded in 1917 and was razed in 2013. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 2011 to 2013 at a cost of $4,500,000.

 

 

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Former County Courthouse – Washburn

 

 

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Former County Courthouse and new Courthouse – Washburn

 

 

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County Courthouses in 2013

 

 

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County Courthouse in 2015 with former Courthouse demolished

 

 

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Old County Courthouse – Washburn

 

 

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Photos taken 2006, 2013 and 2015