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Dickey County


Dickey County is named for George H Dickey (1858 -1923), a Valley City attorney and leader of the House of Representatives.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – LaMoure County

E – Sargent County

S – Brown County, South Dakota and McPherson County, South Dakota

W – McIntosh County


Created:  March 5, 1881                         Map of North Dakota highlighting Dickey County

County Seat:

Ellendale  1882 – present


County Courthouse – Ellendale


Location:  309 2nd Street North / 3rd Avenue North

Built:  1910 – 1911

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:   Buechner & Orth of St. Paul, Minnesota

Contractor:  Ingemann Company


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story dark red colored brick, concrete and limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Ellendale. The building has a raised basement and is a classic rectangle with an octagonal dome on the center of the roof. The building features a belvedere finial with belcast roof and a front facade door surround with bracketed arched hood. There are two tall Corinthian columns at the south entrance with a pediment at the roof line. The interior has brown-gray terrazzo and marble floors, marble stairs and first-floor wainscoting, and brass stair railings. The centrally located rotunda in under the dome. The County District Court courtroom is located on the third story and has a coffered ceiling, a mural behind the judge’s station, and original oak woodwork. The building houses the County District Court of the Southeast Judicial District.


See:  The architect Buechner & Orth of St. Paul, Minnesota designed many courthouses.


See:  National Register of Historical Places – Dickey County Courthouse


See:  The Southeast Judicial District includes Barnes CountyEddy County, Foster County, Griggs CountyKidder County, LaMoure CountyLogan CountyMcIntosh County, Ransom CountyRichland County, Sargent CountyStutsman County and Wells County.


History:  The county was created in 1881 and Ellendale was selected as the county seat in 1882. The first courthouse was a two story structure designed and built by Brown & Mallory in 1885. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1910 to 1911.



County Courthouse – Ellendale











County District Court courtroom



Photos taken 2007