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

Aitkin County Courthouse and Jail

 
 
Aitkin County Courthouse and Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By McGhiever, June 10, 2016
1. Aitkin County Courthouse and Jail Marker
Inscription. The original courthouse built on this site in 1887 included a jail and sheriff's residence. It served a population of about 2,000 people. As a logging town, Aitkin became a railhead and an important stopping point for boats on the Mississippi River. By 1910, the population had grown extensively, making the courthouse facilities inadequate. To free space, a separate jail was constructed in 1915. The two-story, red brick building was designed by Minneapolis architect E.C. Pell. Located immediately west of the courthouse, it included a nine-room sheriff's residence (presently used for office space) and a cell block extending to the rear.

In 1920, Aitkin County established a building fund for a new courthouse, and hired a St. Paul architectural firm, Tolz, King, & Day, to design it. Government officials decided not to issue bonds, delaying construction until 1929. The stone and brick courthouse is a well-preserved example of the Beaux Arts Classicism Style prevalent in the 1920s. Its flat roof is concealed by a parapet. Marble wainscoting, terrazzo floors and oak woodwork grace its interior surfaces, and a stained glass skylight is located in the court chamber. The interiors and exteriors of these buildings retain a significant degree of historical integrity.
 
Erected by The Wild North in Northeast

Aitkin County Courthouse and Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By McGhiever, June 10, 2016
2. Aitkin County Courthouse and Jail Marker
Aitkin County Jail with historical marker
Minnesota.
 
Location. 46° 31.982′ N, 93° 42.642′ W. Marker is in Aitkin, Minnesota, in Aitkin County. Marker is on 2nd St NW, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Mounted just left of the entrance to the historic jail building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 217 2nd St NW, Aitkin MN 56431, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Cuyuna Range (approx. 9.9 miles away).
 
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Aitkin County Jail (1915) (<b><i>corner view</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 12, 2013
3. Aitkin County Jail (1915) (corner view)
Aitkin County Courthouse (<b><i>corner view</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 12, 2013
4. Aitkin County Courthouse (corner view)

1929 Courthouse adjacent to 1915 Jail
Aitkin County Courthouse (<b><i>east view</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 12, 2013
5. Aitkin County Courthouse (east view)

1929 Courthouse adjacent to 1915 Jail
Aitkin County Courthouse (<b><i>front view</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 12, 2013
6. Aitkin County Courthouse (front view)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2016, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 180 times since then and 98 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 6, 2016, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota.   3, 4, 5. submitted on March 2, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   6. submitted on March 3, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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