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Cambridge in Isanti County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Historic Isanti County Courthouse

Historic Isanti County Courthouse marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, September 2, 2016
1. Historic Isanti County Courthouse marker
Inscription.  In 1887, the county commissioners recommended passage of an act authorizing the issuing of bonds for the purpose of building a courthouse and jail int he amount of $8,000.

D. O. Anderson offered to donate the land and P.J. Lind (pictured right) was to superintend the carpenter work. He was instructed to strive to get all the room they could for the money to be expended. The building was to be a plain, substantial building without unnecessary embellishments. The total cost of the new courthouse was $6,993. The jail was built the following year.

Brick veneer and a porch were added several years later, although the porch has since been removed. The prominent feature of the building is the projecting entrance pavillion {sic}, flat-topped tower with a triangular dormer on each face. The tower and steeply hipped roof of the building suggest the French Second Empire style. The paired windows are tall with stone sills, indicating an Italianate influence. The main roof is gray slate while the tower's roof is crimped tin.

The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.


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County officers kept their records in their offices and homes scattered across Isanti County until 1871, when the firt {sic} courthouse was built (pictured right).

The courthouse and jail, with its unsightly stockade, was condemned by the grand jury as the old courthouse had no proper protection for county records or adequate space for county officials.

The basement was remodeled in 1966 at a cost of $39,793 to provide a new jail, sherriff's {sic} office, and radio and teletype room. Although numerous improvements have been made over the years, the same structure remains today and is privately owned and used for business office space.

Partially funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Grant Program
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. A significant historical year for this entry is 1887.
Location. 45° 34.292′ N, 93° 13.572′ W. Marker is in Cambridge, Minnesota, in Isanti County. Marker is on 2nd Avenue SW west of Birch Street S, on the right when traveling east. Marker is at the northeast corner of the historic courthouse property. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 237 2nd Avenue SW, Cambridge MN 55008, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow

The historic Isanti County Courthouse from the northwest image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, September 6, 2019
2. The historic Isanti County Courthouse from the northwest
flies. Isanti County District No. 38 (approx. 1.2 miles away); History of the Rum River (approx. 14.3 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 20, 2020, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 89 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 20, 2020, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 4, 2023