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Dunn County

Dunn County is named for Charles Dunn, who was a state Senator and Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Territory.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Barron County

E – Chippewa County and Eau Claire County

S – Pepin County

W – Pierce County and Saint Croix County

 

Created:  February 3, 1854                    Map of Wisconsin highlighting Dunn County

County Seat: 

Dunnville      1854 – 1861

Menomonie  1861 – present

 

County Judicial Center – Menomonie

 

Location:  615 Stokke Parkway / Parkway Drive

Built:  1996 – 1998

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Ayers Associates

Contractor:  Market & Johnson Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces south and  is a low two story stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped ground on the east side of Menomonie. The building is faced with a yellow colored polished stone with a horizontal band of rough yellow colored stone above the windows. The roof line is flat. In the interior, there are four County Circuit Court courtrooms on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 10th Judicial District. 

 

County Government Center – Menomonie

 

 

Location:  800 Wilson Avenue / 9th Street SE

Built:  1959 – 1960

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Schubert, Sorenson & Associates

Contractor:  Keller Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story buff colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Menomonie. The east and west wings form a wide “V” shape with the main entrance with glassed windows, in the center of the building. Metal and concrete dividers run vertically between the windows. The south hexagonal wing, which is also clad in face brick, includes a modest amount of fenestration along the first and upper stories. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the former courtroom is located on the first story. The building is called the “Government Center” and houses the Menomonie City Hall offices. The building served as the courthouse until 1998.

 

See:  The 10th Judicial District includes Ashland CountyBarron County, Bayfield County, Burnett CountyChippewa County, Douglas CountyEau Claire CountyPolk County, Rusk County, Saint Croix County, Sawyer County and Washburn County

 

History:  The county was created in 1854 and Dunnville was selected as the county seat. The first court met at Amos Colburn’s at the ferry crossing on the Red Cedar River. The first courthouse was erected in Dunnville in 1855 and burned in 1858. The county seat was moved to Menomonie in 1861 and court was held in the “Charley Waller Building” which had a courtroom upstairs. The second courthouse was designed by A J Kenney and built by Canute Thompson in 1872 at a cost of $6,000 but the inside fittings boosted the cost to $45,000. The building was a substantial brick building in the center of a square that occupied an entire block of land. The third courthouse was constructed in 1959 to 1960 at a cost of $903,624. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1996 to 1998.

 

 

County Judicial Center – Menomonie  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Government Center – Menomonie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2007, 2008 and 2022