Nelson County

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Nelson County is named after Nelson E Nelson , who was a member of the Dakota Territorial Council from 1881 to 1882, delegate to the  Republican National Convention from the Dakota Territory in 1884.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Ramsey County and Walsh County

E – Grand Forks County

S – Steele County and Griggs County

W – Eddy CountyBenson County and Ramsey County


Created:  March 2, 1883                         Map of North Dakota highlighting Nelson County

County Seat: 

Petersburg  1883 – 1885

Lakota         1883 – present


County Courthouse – Lakota


Location:  210 B Avenue West / 2nd Street West

Built: 1951 – 1952

Style:  Modern

Architect:   George A Blewett

Contractor:  Johnson-Gillanfers Company


Description: The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Lakota. The rectangular shaped building has a projecting center section at the south side entrance. Above the entrance is a large glass window. The roof line is flat. The building is called the “Nelson County Memorial Court House”.


See:  The contractor, Johnson-Gillanfers Company, also constructed the courthouse in Walsh County.


History:  The first courthouse was built in Petersburg and the second courthouse was built in Lakota in 1885. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1951 to 1952.




County Courthouse – Lakota













Photos taken 2006 and 2009