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LaMoure County


LaMoure County is named for Judson LaMoure of Pembina, North Dakota (1839-1918), who served the first of many terms in the Dakota and North Dakota legislature.


Surroumnding County Courthouses: 

N – Stutsman County and Barnes County

E – Ransom County

S – Dickey County

W – Logan County


Created:  January 4, 1873                      Map of North Dakota highlighting LaMoure County

County Seat: 

Grand Rapids   1873 – 1886

LaMoure           1886 – present


County Courthouse – LaMoure


Location:  202 4th Avenue Northeast / 1st Street Northeast

Built:  1908 – 1909

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Buechner & Orth of St. Paul, Minnesota

Contractor:  R K Hafsos


Description:  The building faces south and  is a is a three story dark colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on spacious landscaped grounds on the north side of the center of LaMoure. The building has a raised basement and has an octagonal central dome on the roof. Second floor windows are hooded with a corbeled arch surround with exaggerated keystone; second floor windows are linteled between single pilasters. The front facade features paired Corinthian columns behind which are paired stone pilasters, and a two-story entrance surround with ornate hood. Original leaded glass, woodwork, and hardware remain in the front entrance. The metal-covered dome has a bull’s-eye window on each vault plane, exaggerated ribbing, and a ball finial. In the interior the front entrance, stairwell, and second floor hallways have a gray colored marble wainscoting. A mural decorates the area immediately above the window on the third floor landing, and another mural exists in one room of the Auditor’s office. The County District Court courtroom located on the east side of the third story contains extensive stenciling on walls just below a deeply coffered and highly enriched ceiling. There is wainscoting in the courtroom. 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 Historic Places – LaMoure County Courthouse


See:  The Southeast Judicial District includes Barnes CountyDickey County, Eddy County, Foster County, Griggs CountyKidder County, Logan CountyMcIntosh County, Ransom CountyRichland County, Sargent CountyStutsman County and Wells County.


Old County Courthouse – Grand Rapids



Location:  9797 66th Street SE / 98th Avenue SE

Built:  1883

Style:  Federal

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown – community labor


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story cream colored stucco and wood structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on the spacious landscaped grounds of LaMoure County Memorial Park on the north side of the center of Grand Rapids. The north side has a central entrance with wood porch on the first story. There are no windows except on the north side. The roof is hipped. The building served as the courthouse from 1883 to 1886. The building was sold and moved to Edgely and in 1981, it was moved to the LaMoure County Memorial Park along the James River.


History:  The county was created in 1873 and Grand Rapids was selected as the county seat in 1881 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was built in Grand Rapids in 1883. The building is located at the LaMoure County Memorial Park at Grand Rapids. When the county seat was moved to LaMoure in 1886, the court was housed in the City Hall and a bank building. After a fire in 1894, the court was housed in the Lloyd Bank building. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1908 to 1909 at a cost of $100,000.



County Courthouse – LaMoure



























County District Court courtroom

























Old County Courthouse – Grand Rapids









James River – Grand Rapids

Photos taken 2007, 2011, 2018 and 2023