Adams County

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Adams

Adams County is named for John Quincy Adams, who was President of the United States from 1825 – 1829.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Wood County and Portage County

E – Waushara County and Marquette County

S – Columbia County

W – Juneau County

 

Created:  March 11, 1848                       Map of Wisconsin highlighting Adams County

County Seat: 

Quincy        1848 – 1858

Friendship  1858 – present

 

County Courthouse – Friendship

 

Location:  402   North Main Street / 3rd Street

Built:  1913 – 1914

Style:  Neo-Classical Revival

Architect:  Arthur Peabody

Contractor:  George Kieke

 

Description:  The building faces west and  is a two story limestone, brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Friendship. The original building has white colored vertical pillars on the original red colored brick section. The roof is hipped. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 7th Judicial Circuit. There is also a red brick addition on the north side. On the south side is the Administration Building, which is a new addition with a two story entrance lobby and glass wall and red colored brick two story wing. In the interior is a staircase ascending to the second story. Built in 1997, the architect was Ayers Associates Inc of Eau Claire and the contractor was Roberts Construction. Both north and south wings have flat roof lines.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Adams County Courthouse

 

See:  The 7th Judicial District includes Buffalo County, Clark County, Crawford CountyGrant Countyiowa County, Jackson CountyJuneau CountyLa Crosse County, Monroe County, Pepin CountyPierce CountyRichland County, Trempealeau County and Vernon County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1848 and Quincy was selected as the county seat. The county seat was moved to Friendship in 1858. The first courthouse was erected in 1859. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1914 to 1917 at a cost of $30,000.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Friendship

 

 

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Administration Building – Friendship

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2022