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Long Prairie in Todd County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Todd County Courthouse Retaining Wall

Works Progress Administration Project

 

— 1938 —

 
Todd County Courthouse Retaining Wall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 17, 2018
1. Todd County Courthouse Retaining Wall Marker
Inscription.  
Works Progress
Administration
Project

• 1938 •

 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series list.
 
Location. 45° 58.375′ N, 94° 51.682′ W. Marker is in Long Prairie, Minnesota, in Todd County. Marker is on 1st Avenue South east of 2nd Street South, on the right when traveling east. Marker is mounted at eye-level on the WPA-constructed stone retaining wall at the base of the main entrance staircase. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 221 1st Avenue South, Long Prairie MN 56347, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. The Winnebago Agency 1846–1855 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line).
 
Regarding Todd County Courthouse Retaining Wall. National Register of Historic Places #85001986
 
Also see . . .
1. Todd County Courthouse (Wikipedia). The hilltop courthouse
Todd County Courthouse Retaining Wall image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 17, 2018
2. Todd County Courthouse Retaining Wall
Stone retaining wall and staircase is 1938 WPA project.
was built in 1883 and is fronted by a street-level stone entryway and retaining wall constructed in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration. To the southwest stood a residence for the sheriff with an attached jailhouse, built in 1900. They were extant in 1985 when the complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Todd County Courthouse, Sheriff's House, and Jail, but have been demolished since. The property was listed for having state-level significance in the themes of architecture and politics/government. It was nominated for being a good example of an Italianate public building and a long-serving home of the county government. (Submitted on July 30, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. History of Todd County. In 1871, John P. Tweed, a trustee of the Long Prairie Land Company, gave a full block to Todd County. The consideration for this transfer stated “that the same shall be used for permanent County buildings”. The Todd County Courthouse was built in 1883 and the first jail was built in 1900 and was used until 1985. (Submitted on July 30, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Todd County Courthouse (<i>street-level entrance</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 17, 2018
3. Todd County Courthouse (street-level entrance)
The street-level entrance is built into massive stone retaining wall.
Todd County Courthouse (<i>ground-level entrance</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 17, 2018
4. Todd County Courthouse (ground-level entrance)
Todd County Courthouse (<i>northwest corner</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 17, 2018
5. Todd County Courthouse (northwest corner)
Todd County Courthouse Antique Safe image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 17, 2018
6. Todd County Courthouse Antique Safe
Todd County Courthouse (<i>north elevation</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 17, 2018
7. Todd County Courthouse (north elevation)
Marker is visible on retaining wall, just right of entrance. Massive stone retaining wall and staircase is 1938 WPA project.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 30, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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