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Scott County

Scott County is named for General Winfred Scott who served in the War of 1812, the Mexican War and for twenty years was commander-in-chief of the United States Army.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Carver County and Hennepin County

E – Dakota County

S – Rice County and Le Sueur County

W – Sibley County and Carver County


Created:  March 5, 1853                         Map of Minnesota highlighting Scott County

County Seat:

Shakopee  1853 – present


County Government Center – Courthouse – Shakopee


Location:  200 4th Avenue West / Atwood Street South

Built:  1975 – 1976

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Patch, Erickson, Madson, Watten, Inc. of Minneapolis

Contractor:  James Steele


Description:  The building faces north and is a four story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Shakopee and constructed of Alabama limestone veneer on concrete block that is set off by black pre-cast concrete spandrels beneath the windows. The lower wall is charcoal granite. Solar gray insulated glass recessed windows in two horizontal bands are separated by structural fins, which give the effect of vertical shutters. The building is named as the Scott County Government Center and contains the courts in the west section and the county administration in the east section. The building houses the County District Court of the 1st Judicial District. The original building was constructed in 1857, added to in 1864 and remodeled and added to in 1867 and 1873. The building was again remodeled in 1927 and stands on one side of courthouse square, being incorporated within the flat-topped two-story brick of its final modernization.


County Justice Center – Shakopee



Location:  301 Fuller Street / 4th Avenue West

Built:  1997 – 1999

Style:  Modern

Architect:  A Wold and E Wold of WOLD Architect & Engineering

Contractor:  Turner Construction


Description:  The building faces faces west and is a three story structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the noirth side of the Scott County Government  Center in the center of Shakopee..


See:  The 1st Judicial District includes Carver County, Dakota CountyGoodhue County, Le Sueur CountyMcLeod County and Sibley County


History:  The county was created in 1853 and Shakopee was selected as the county seat. The first court was held in Holmes Hall in 1853. The first courthouse was built by Comfrot Barnes in 1857 to 1859 at a cost of construction was $10,000. The building was remodeled in 1864, 1867 and 1873. The second courthouse was designed by Buechner & Orth and constructed in 1927 at a cost 0f $65,000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1975 to 1976 at a cost of $2,700,000. The County Justice Center was constructed in 1997 to 1999.



County Government Center – Courthouse – Shakopee

























County District Court courtroom









County Justice Center – Shakopee



Photos taken 2007, 2010 and 2017