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Marathon County

Marathon County is named for the town of Marathon in Greece.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Taylor County, Lincoln County and Langlade County

E – Langlade County and Shawano County

S – Portage County and Wood County

W – Clark County and Taylor County


Created:  February 9, 1850                    Map of Wisconsin highlighting Marathon County

County Seat: 

Wausau  1850 – present


County Courthouse – Wausau


Location:  500 Forest Street / North 6th Street

Built:  1954 – 1955

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Childs & Smith

Contractor:  Steenberg Construction of Saint Paul, Minnesota


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Wausau. The building is faced with a smooth brownish colored stone. Horizontal bands of red color are along the roof line and halfway down the building. On the south side are two large stone crests. The entrance has dark glass rising to the top of the second story. The roof line is flat. In the interior at the center is an atrium with curved staircase ascending to the second story with skylight above. The building has six large County Circuit Court courtrooms and two small courtrooms. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 9th Judicial District. An addition was constructed on the north side in 1986 to 1988. The architect was Becher-Hoppe and the contractor was C D Smith Construction Inc.


See:  The 9th Judicial District includes Florence County, Forest County, Iron County, Langlade County, Lincoln County, Menominee County, Oneida CountyPortage County, Price CountyShawano County, Taylor County, Vilas County and Wood County.


History:  The county was created in 1850 and Wausau was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse and clerk’s office was erected in 1851. The second courthouse was built in 1853 on the Courthouse Square at a cost of $7,575. The courthouse was razed and the third courthouse was a two story Greek Revival structure built in 1868 at a cost of $74,464. The courthouse was torn down and the fourth courthouse was designed by H C Koch & Company and constructed by John Miller in 1`891 to 1892 at a cost of $65,000. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1954 to 1955 at a cost of $2,000,000.


Court of Appeals – Division III



Location:  2100 Stewart Avenue / South 21st Avenue

Built:  1995 – 1997

Style:  Modern Commercial

Architect:  Ghidorzi

Contractor:  Ghidorzi Construction


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story red colored brick glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the west of the center of Wausau. The building is named as the Union Station and houses the Wisconsin Court of Appeals Third Division at suite 310 on the north side of the third story. The Court of Appeals courtroom is located at the center of the north side with a large glass window on the north side, judges bench on the east and council table on the west. 



County Courthouse – Wausau






























County Circuit Court courtroom












Court of Appeals – Division III







Court of Appeals courtroom









Photos taken 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2022