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Durand in Pepin County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Old Pepin County Courthouse

 
 
Old Pepin County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 24, 2009
1. Old Pepin County Courthouse Marker
Inscription. Built in 1873-74 for $7,000, this building served as the center of Pepin County government for 105 years and is Wisconsin's last remaining wood-frame courthouse. The temple-front Greek Revival style architecture represents strong democratic ideals of government. Building the courthouse settled a turbulent controversy surrounding the selection of the county seat.

The courthouse lawn was the scene of a lynching that gained widespread attention. On November 19, 1881, an angry mob seized Ed Maxwell, who had been accused of killing two lawmen. Still in handcuffs and leg irons and with a noose around his neck, Maxwell was dragged down the steps to a tree in the yard where he was hanged.
 
Erected 2006 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 508.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 37.646′ N, 91° 58.079′ W. Marker is in Durand, Wisconsin, in Pepin County. Marker is on West Madison Street west of 3rd Avenue West, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at the Old Courthouse Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Durand WI 54736, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are
Old Pepin County Courthouse and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 24, 2009
2. Old Pepin County Courthouse and Marker
within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Eau Galle (approx. 5.2 miles away); Dunnville Sandstone (approx. 7 miles away); Caddie Woodlawn (approx. 7 miles away); Laura Ingalls Wilder (approx. 15.7 miles away); Anchor from the "Phil Scheckel" (approx. 15.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Old Courthouse Museum and Jail. "When built, it had no electricity or plumbing. As these technologies developed, they were added."

"Though many significant events occurred in the old courthouse, the most notorious by far occurred in November of 1881. A man accused in the shooting death of a local deputy sheriff the previous July was lynched. As the prisoner was brought down the winding stairs following the preliminary hearing held in the courtroom upstairs, law enforcement officers guarding the accused murderer were overwhelmed and subdued. A hangman's noose appeared seemingly from nowhere and was looped around the prisoner's neck. He was yanked by neck out the door, dragged across the porch, down the steps, over to a tree in the yard and pulled up into the air; still handcuffed and wearing leg irons." (Submitted on August 8, 2009.) 
 
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Old Pepin County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 24, 2009
3. Old Pepin County Courthouse
Nearby Civil War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 24, 2009
4. Nearby Civil War Memorial
Donated by the
Ladies of the G.A.R.
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1861
1865
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 774 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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