Sheridan County

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Sheridan

Sheridan County is named for General Phillip Henry Sheridan, who was an American Civil War hero.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – McHenry County and Pierce County 

E – Wells County

S – Kidder County and Burleigh County

W – McLean County

 

Created:  December 4, 1908                  Map of North Dakota highlighting Sheridan County

County Seat: 

McClusky  1909 – present

 

County Courthouse – McClusky

 

Location:  215 2nd Street East / Avenue B East

Built:  1938 – 1939

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Ira L Rush of Minot

Contractor:  P H Schwarts

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a three story concrete and reinforced steel structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of McClusky and  has a projecting center section with the entrance at the center of the first story. The courtroom has two overhead lights which show some Moderne influence. Behind the judge’s bench is a painting of the idealized character Justice. The building is 52 feet by 88 feet and was a Works Project Administration project using local labor and trades. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County District Court of the South Central Judicial District.

 

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

 

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

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Sheridan County Courthouse

 

History:  The county was created in 1909 and McClusky was selected as the county seat in 1909. The city of McClusky furnished a building, rent free, on Main Street for a temporary first courthouse until the new courthouse was built. The second courthouse was built in 1909 to 1910. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1938 to 1939 at a cost of $88,260.

 

 

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County Courthouse - McClusky

 

 

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Commission Minutes

 

 

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Picture 1909 County Courthouses

Photos taken 2009 and 2012