Ramsey County

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Ramsey County is named after Alexander Ramsey of Saint Paul, Minnesota  ( 1815 – 1903 ), who was a United States Senator from Minnesota.  


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Towner County and Cavalier County

E – Walsh County and Nelson County

S – Nelson County and Benson County

W – Benson County and Towner County


Created:  January 4, 1873                      Map of North Dakota highlighting Ramsey County

County Seat: 

Creel City     1883 – 1884

Devils Lake  1884 – present


County Courthouse – Devils Lake


Location:  524 4th Avenue Northeast / 6th Street Northeast

Built:  1959 – 1960

Style:  Modern

Architect:    Foss and Company

Contractor:  The John Larsen Company


Description: The building faces west and is three story glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Devils Lake. The building is a rectangular shape with vertical concrete pillars along the west front. There are greenish-blue colored horizontal panels between the windows. Over the entrance is a concrete portico. There is red colored brick on the north and south sides and on the central roof section. The building houses the County District Court of the Northeast Judicial District. On the east side is the old red colored red brick Sheriff’s Residence designed by William D Gillespie of Haxby and Gillespie of Fargo and constructed by Dinnie Brothers of Grand Forks in 1909 to 1911 and which is now the Heritage Museum.


See:  The architect Foss Associates Architects also designed courthouses in Billings CountyCavalier County and Morton Countyand in Minnesota in Becker CountyClay CountyClearwater County and Pennington County.


See:  The Norrheast Judicial District includes Benson CountyBottineau County, Cavalier County, McHenry County, Pembina County. Pierce County, Renville County, Rolette CountyTowner County and Walsh County


History:  The county was created in 1873 and Creel City was selected as the county seat in 1883 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was a wood frame structure erected in 1883. The county seat was moved to Devils Lake in 1884 and the courthouse was hauled a half a mile north to the new location. The second courthouse was a three story red colored brick structure designed by T D Allen and built in 1887. The courthouse was torn down in 1959 when the third and present courthouse was constructed in 1959 to 1960.




County Courthouse – Devils Lake



















Old Sheriff’s Residence – Devils Lake




Photos taken 2007 and 2009