Lac qui Parle County Courthouse, 600 Sixth Street, Madison, Minnesota

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Lac aui Parle Courthouse

Lac qui Parle County Courthouse
Address: 600 Sixth Street
Madison, Minnesota
Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1899
Primary Style: Richardsonian Romanesque
Additions: 1966 brought the addition of new heating and cooling systems.
Historic Function: Courthouse
Current Function: Courthouse
Architect or source of design: Buechner and Jacobson
Builder: Olaf Swenson

Madison Lac qui Parle County

National Register of Historic Places Information
Reference Number: 85001759
Certification date: August 15, 1985
Level of significance: Local
Primary Style: Romanesque Revival

"County histories are full of tales of the kidnapping of county records to influence the locations of county seats, but only in Lac qui Parle County did citizens kidnap the entire courthouse. When the county was organized in 1871, the county seat was located in the village of Lac qui Parle, where a frame courthouse was built the previous year. In addition to court and county offices, the building also housed the post office and a hotel. In 1884, a battle between Madison and Dawson began over the location of the county seat on the new Minneapolis & St. Louis Railroad line. Two years later, 150 men and 40 wagon teams from Madison moved the entire courthouse from the village of Lac Qui Parle to Madison, 15 miles away. The building was placed on the current courthouse site.

Madison's efforts apparently succeeded. It was named the county seat in 1889." [1]


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  1. Minnesota Judical Brach
  2. MHS National Registry


The Minnesota Historical Society holds many of the historical records, such as naturalization and civil and criminal case files, of Minnesota courthouses. State laws restrict some access to records. The Minnesota State BAR association published The First 100 Years— , which holds a more complete history of the judicial history on both the local and state levels.

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