McCook County is named for Edwin Stanton McCook, who was a governor of the Dakota Territory and a general in the American Civil War.
Created: January 8, 1873
Salem 1873 – present
County Courthouse – Salem
Location: 130 West Essex Avenue / North Main Street
Built: 1934 – 1935
Style: Art Deco
Architect: Floyd F Kings and Walter J Dixon
Contractor: Huron Construction Company
Description: The building faces south and is a three story rectangular brownish colored brick structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of the city and has a stone frame around the main entrance. Silver colored panels are between the windows on the second and third stories. Vertical pilasters run between the windows and a belt runs between the first and second stories. The roof line is flat. The courtroom is located on the west side of the third story.
Note: The previous courthouse was built by Thomas McKinnon in 1884. In 1893, the building was enlarged. The architect was W L Dow.
E – Minnehaha County
W – Hanson County
Photos taken 2007 and 2018