Wells County is named for Edward Payson Wells of Jamestown, North Dakota ( 1847-1936 ), who was a banker and early promoter of the James River Valley as well as a member of the legislature.
Created: January 4, 1873
Sykeston 1873 – 1894
Fessenden 1894 – present
County Courthouse – Fessendon
Location: 700 Railway Street North / 7th Avenue North
Built: 1895 – 1896
Style: Queen Anne
Architect: John W Ross of Grand Forks
Contractor: H B Chess and D McDonald
Description:The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building has a course stone base. On the west side, the entrance towards the south has two arches on the west and one arch on the south with a recessed doorway. In the center is a turret with glass on the second story. The north side of the front, has a peaked roof. The roof is hipped.
Note: The cost of construction of the courthouse was $19,000. The brick was manufactured by the H T Von Wagoner Company in Minot and the limber was obtained from W E Cooke of Harvey.
See: National Register of Historic Places – Wells County Courthouse
W – Sheridan County
Photos taken 2007 and 2009