Stark County

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Stark County is named for George Stark, who was vice president of the Northern Pacific Railroad from 1875 to 1879.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Billings County and Dunn County

E – Mercer County, Morton County and Grant County

S – Hettinger County and Slope County

W – Billings County

Created:  February 10, 1879                  Map of North Dakota highlighting Stark County

County Seat:  

Dickinson  1883 – present


County Courthouse – Dickinson


Location:  51 3rd Street East / Sims Street

Built:  1936 – 1937

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  William F Kurke of Fargo

Contractor:  S W Jonason and Company of Aberdeen, South Dakota


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story buff colored Hebron face brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Dickinson. The south front is faced with gray-white colored Indiana limestone which extends up to the roof. The windows are vertical. The low one story east and west wings extend from the building. The roof line is flat. The corridors and main stairway have wall wainscott of Kasota stone with Cardiff Green trim. The stair rails, trim in the lobby, and door bucks in the lobby are of solid bronze. The courtroom is finished in black walnut. Birch serves as the wood for interior doors and trim throughout the building. In 2015 to 2017, an addition was constructed on the north side. The architect was JLG Architects and the contractor was Scull Construction.


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


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Stark County Courthouse


History:  The first courthouse was a two story brick structure built in Dickinson in 1886. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1936 to 1937 at a cost of $213,000. The cost of construction of the 2017 addition was $6,500,000.




County Courthouse – Dickinson
















Photos taken 2007 and 2009