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, limestone and concrete 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. The building houses the County District Court of the Southwest Judicial District. In 2015 to 2017, an addition was constructed on the northwest 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


See:  The Southwest Judicial District includes Adams County, Billings CountyBowman County, Dunn CountyGolden Valley CountyHettinger CountySlope County.


History:  The county was created in 1879 and Dickinson was selected as the county seat in 1883 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was a building now occupied by the Dickenson Press. The second courthouse was a two story red colored brick structure built by P Plettenberg and Renken in 1886 at a cost of $15,000. The third 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