Richland County is named for Morgan T Rich of Wahpeton ( 1832-1898 ), who settled on the site of the future city of Wahpeton in 1869.
Created: January 4, 1873
Wahpeton 1873 – present
County Courthouse – Wahpeton
Location: 418 2nd Avenue North / 4th Street North
Built: 1912 – 1914
Style: Beaux Arts
Architect: Buechner & Orth of St. Paul, Minnesota
Contractor: Ingemann – Company
Description: The building faces south and is a two story Bedford limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Whapeton. The basement is rusticated Kettle River sandstone. There as a paired fluted Corinthian columns supporting a limestone entablature and pediment on the front façade. The building has an octagonal dome in the center with silver colored roof. The metal-covered dome has bull’s-eye windows at the four cardinal directions and is capped with a belvedere and ball finial. Original ornate lamp posts remain on the arms of the front entry stair. An addition was added in 1997
See: The architect Buechiner & Orth of St. Paul, Minnesota designed many courthouses.
Note: The first and previous courthouse was a three story structure built in 1884.
N – Cass County
S – Roberts County, South Dakota
County Courthouse – Whapeton
Photos taken 2007, 2008 and 2018