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Mercer County


Mercer County is named for William Henry Mercer, who was an early rancher and who settled north of Bismarck in 1869.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – McLean County

E – McLean County and Oliver County

S – Oliver County and Morton County

W – Stark County and Dunn County


Created:  July 15, 1875                          Map of North Dakota highlighting Mercer County

County Seat:  

Stanton  1884 – present


County Courthouse – Stanton


Location:  1021 Arthur Street / North Avenue

Built:  1973 – 1974

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Jack Askew of Leonhard & Askew Architectural Engineers of Bismarck

Contractor:  Harley Mills Construction Company of Bismarck.


Description:  The building faces west and is a one story red-brown and buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds on the east side of the center of Stanton. The building has a brick arched portico on the west front. The recessed windows are arched. There is a wide white colored concrete band around the roof line. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the County District Court courtroom is located at the northeast side of the building. The building houses the County District Court of the South Central Judicial District. In 2016 to 2018 an addition was constructed on the east side, the west entrance was closed and an entrance constructed on the south side. The former courtroom at the center was converted into office space. The jail section extends southeast.For the new addition, the architect was Klein McCarthy & Co., Ltd of Saint Louis Park, Minnesota and the contractor was Contegrity Group Incorporated of Little Falls, Minnesota.


See:  The South Central Judicial District includes Burleigh CountyEmmonds County, Grant County, McLean County, Morton CountyOliver CountySheridan County and Sioux County.


History:  The county was created in 1875 and Stanton was selected as the county seat in 1884 after the county was organized. The first court met at the Riverside Hotel. The first courthouse was built by Justin O Grant in 1886 to 1888. A temporary courthouse was built in 1908 along the railway. In 1922 to 1923, an addition was designed by Nick Ressler. The building was damaged by fire in 1939 and was sold in 1973 when the present courthouse was completed at a cost of $212,600. The 2016 to 2018 addition was constructed at a cost of $11,000,000.



County Courthouse – Stanton













County Courthouse before addition constructed



Former west side entrance







County District Court courtroom



















Former County District Court courtroom





Commissioner Minutes



Photos taken 2006, 2009 and 2023