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Meeker County

Meeker County is named for Bradley B Meeker, who was an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Territorial Supreme Court.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Stearns County

E – Wright County

S – McLeod County and Renville County

W – Kandiyohi County


Created:  February 23, 1856                  Map of Minnesota highlighting Meeker County

County Seat:

Forrest City 1856 – 1869

Litchfield     1869 – present


County Courthouse – Litchfield


Location:  325 North Sibley Avenue / West 4th Street

Built:  1973 – 1974

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Genesis Architects of Willmar

Contractor:  Adolphson-Peterson, Inc of Minneapolis


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story white colored stucco and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Litchfield. There are windows in two deep cut horizontal bands. Glass aprons are at the ground level, slanting diagonally into the plane of the building. In the interior, natural light is also a feature of the other three levels, which open into a central atrium beneath a large segmented skylight. The County District Court courtroom is located on the fifth level. A one story addition was added to the rear of the building in 2001 to 2002. The architect was Engan Associates of Willmar and the contractor was Spectra Building Group of Monticello.


See:  The 8th Judicial District includes Big Stone CountyChippewa CountyGrant County, Kandiyohi CountyLac Qui Parle CountyPope CountyRenville County, Stevens CountySwift CountyTraverse County, Wilkin County and Yellow Medicine County.


History:  The county was created in 1856 and Forest City was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1860 and in 1869, the courthouse was moved to Litchfield. The second courthouse was designed by G B Phelps and constructed by J A McKay & Company in 1885 and completed 14 years later at a cost of $20,000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1973 to 1974,



County Courthouse – Litchfield





















County District Court courtroom











Picture 1885 County Courthouse

Photos taken 2007, 2008 and 2019