Ransom County

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Ransom

Ransom County is named for General Thomas Edward Greenfield Ransom (1834 – 1864), who died for the Union in the Civil War.

 

Surroundinf County Courthouses: 

N – Barnes County and Cass County

E – Richland County

S – Sargent County

W – LaMoure County

 

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

County Seat:  

Lisbon  1881 – present

 

County Courthouse – Lisbon

 

Location:  204 5th Avenue West / Elm Street

Built:  1938

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Ira L Rush of Minot

Contractor:  H L Stavn Company of Minot

 

Description: The building faces south and is three story gray colored limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Lisbon. The south center portico rises above the entrance to the third story with carved stone at the top. The west and east ends of the building are recessed. The roof line is flat. The building rests upon a granite base, and load bearing hollow tile backs up the Bedford stone exterior. Floors are finished with terrazzo. Marble wainscoating accompanies stairs, bathrooms, and public corridors. The visual lines of the courtroom continue the exterior Deco styling. The walls convey vertical lines; lines on the wood paneling behind the judge’s bench are on a diagonal; and the hanging light fixtures carry horizontal lines. The courtroom is located on the north side of the third story. 

 

See:  The architect,  Ira L Rush of Minot, also designed the courthouses in Adams County, Burleigh County and Sheridan County.

 

See: Other Art Deco style courthouses are located in Burleigh County, Emmons CountyHettinger County, Sheridan County, Stark County and Walsh County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Ransom County Courthouse

 

History:  The first courthouse was a two story structure built in 1887. An addition was constructed in 1898. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1838.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Lisbon

 

 

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Photos taken 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2018