Brookings County is named for the city of Brookings which is the county seat, and which was named for Wilmot W Brookings, who was a settler and represented the Western Town Company.
Created: April 5, 1862
Medary 1871 – 1879
Brookings 1879 – present
County Courthouse – Brookings
Location: 314 6th Avenue South / 3rd Street
Built: 1912 – 1913
Architect: Bell, Tyrie & Chapman
Contractor: J B Nelson Construction
Description: The building faces west and is a three story gray colored limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. On the center of the roof is a large square stone dome with black colored dome. The west front has a center area which projects from the main white stone building. The interior has a rotunda and marble walls. The scenes portrayed on the first and second floor hallway walls were painted by Oscar Lee, a Brookings county resident in the 1950’s. The murals inside the dome above the third floor rotunda were painted and installed in 1912 as part of the original construction. They were painted by Axel Soderberg, a Norwegian Immigrant for the Oden J Oyen Company of La Crosse, Wisconsin. An addition was added to the east side in 1996.
See: National Register of Historic Places – Brookings County Courthouse
Note: The first courthouse was built in 1883. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $127,000. The Oyen Company was awarded the interior-decorating contract for $3,500.
E – Lincoln County, Minnesota
W – Kingsbury County
Photos taken 2007 and 2018