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Clark County

Clark County is named for either George Rogers Clark, who was an American Revolutionary War leader or for A W Clark, who founded Clark’s Mill.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Taylor County

E – Marathon County and Wood County

S – Jackson County

W – Jackson CountyEau Claire County and Chippewa County 


Created:  July 6, 1853                            Map of Wisconsin highlighting Clark County

County Seat: 

Neillsville  1853 – present


County Courthouse – Neillsville


Location:  517 Court Street / 6th Street

Built:  1961 – 1962

Style:  Modern

Architect:   Carl W Schubert and Associates, Inc. of La Crosse

Contractor:  Ellis Stone Construction Company of Stevens Point


Description:  The building faces north and is a four story stone, glass and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building sits on a rise of landscaped grounds in the center of Neillsville. The building is faced with a light colored polish stone. The building has narrow vertical windows between vertical stone dividing columns. The entrances are recessed along the length of the building. On the south side the fourth story is at ground level. The roof line is flat.  In the interior, there are two County Circuit Court courtrooms located on the fourth story.  The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 7th Judicial District. On the south side is the old 1897 County Jail.


See:  The 7th Judicial District includes Adams County, Buffalo County, Crawford CountyGrant CountyIowa County, Jackson CountyJuneau CountyLa Crosse County, Monroe County, Pepin CountyPierce CountyRichland County, Trempealeau County and Vernon County.


History:  The county was created in 1853 and Neillsville was selected as the county seat. The second courthouse was designed by C J Ross and built by C B Bradshaw in 1876. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1961 to 1962.


Old County Jail – Neillsville



Location:  215 East 5th Street / State Street

Built:  1897

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:   Gustave Stoltze & Hugo Schick of La Crosse

Contractor:  J C Wagner Company of Milwaukee


Description:  The building faces south and is a five story pink colored brick and stone structure. The building faces south and was completed in 1897. The rectangular shaped building sits on a rise of landscaped grounds in the center of Neillsville on the south side of the courthouse. The south front has a porch on the first story. A five story tower rises at the southwest corner and a castle-like tower is at the southeast corner. The roof is hipped.  


Note:  The cost of construction was $15,122.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Old County Jail



County Courthouse – Neillsville











County Circuit Court courtroom







County Circuit Court courtroom







Old County Jail – Neillsville





Photos taken 2007 and 2022