Traill County

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Traill County is named for Walter John Strickland Traill ( 1847 – 1938 ), a Canadian, who was employed by the Hudson Bay Company and who was a prominent citizen during the early days of the county.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Grand Forks County

E – Polk County, Minnesota and Norman County, Minnesota

S – Cass County

W – Steele County

 

Created:  January 12, 1875                    Map of North Dakota highlighting Traill County

County Seat:

Caledonia  1875 – 1891

Hillsboro    1891 – present

 

County Courthouse – Hillsboro

 

Location:  114 West Caledonia Avenue / 1st Street Northwest

Built:  1906 – 1907

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Buechner & Orth of St. Paul, Minnesota

Contractor:  C Skooglum

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story rectangular buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Hillsboro and has a stone basement. A projecting portico on the east side has two stone columns rising to the second story with a parapet, In the center of the building is an octagonal dome with silver colored roof and with a smaller octagonal dome at the top. The interior features an operational skylight, well-preserved murals, and scallop headed niches in the rotunda. The second floor courtroom has richly stenciled coffered ceiling and massive oak balustrade. The building retains complete exterior integrity, and the painting over of stencils on the first and second floor walls in the early 1950′s has been the only major interior alteration. An addition was built on the south side in 1955. The architect was Kurke Associates.

 

See:  The architect Buechiner & Orth of St. Paul, Minnesota designed many courthouses. The courthouse is similar, except for the dome, to the courthouse in McHenry County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Traill County Courthouse

 

History:   The first county building was a single story frame structure built in Caledonia in 1875. There were several courthouses built and when the county seat was moved to Hillsboro in 1891 a permanent courthouse was not constructed until 1905 and is the present courthouse.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Hillsboro

 

 

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County Courthouse Addition – Hillsboro

 

 

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Photos taken 2006, 2008 and 2015