Pierce County

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Pierce County is named for Gilbert Ashville Pierce ( 1839-1901 ), who was a governor of the Dakota Territory from 1889 to 1891, and later one of North Dakota’s first United States Senators.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Bottineau County and Rolette County

E – Towner County and Benson County

S – Wells County and Sheridan County

W – McHenry County


Created:  March 11, 1887                       Map of North Dakota highlighting Pierce County

County Seat:  

Rugby  1889 – present


County Courthouse – Rugby


Location:  240 2nd Avenue Southeast / 2nd Street Southeast

Built:  1908 – 1910

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Buechner & Orth of St. Paul, Minnesota

Contractor:  Alex Nelson


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story chocolate brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the In the center of the city. On the roof is a dome with silver colored roof topped by a smaller dome. The  north front has a Greek style portico supported by two large stone columns. The interior has fine dark red colored marble wainscoting and pink colored marble rotunda pilasters. The rotunda skylight remains intact and is illuminated by natural light from above, and the rotunda is especially rich in stencil wall treatments and four fine murals depicting historic scenes of the area. The courtroom has been altered by installation of acoustical tile in the recesses of the coffered ceiling, but otherwise retains its fine woodwork, furnishings, light fixtures, and mural. Two rooms in the basement and first floor have been altered by installation of wooden partition walls.


See:  The architect, Buechiner & Orth of St. Paul, Minnesota designed many courthouses.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Pierce County Courthouse


History:  Ruby was named as the county seat in 1889. The first courthouse was a small building rented in 1889. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1908 to 1910.




County Courthouse – Rugby































Photos taken 2007 and 2016