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Marquette County

Marquette County is named for Father Pere Jacques Marquette, who was a French missionary.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Waushara County

E – Green Lake County

S – Columbia County

W – Adams County


Created:  December 7.1836                   Map of Wisconsin highlighting Marquette County

County Seat: 

Marquette 1836 – 1859

Montello   1859 – present


County Courthouse – Montello


Location:  77 West Park Street / Underwood Avenue

Built:  1915 – 1916

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Albert Parkinson of Parkinson & Dockendorff of La Crosse

Contractor:  Hans P Knudson of Waupaca


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick, limestone, Montello granire and concrete structure. The building is located on a landscaped hill in the center of Montello. The building has Bedford limestone and Montello granite which was locally quarried. The building has a raised basement of dark red colored stone and has a portico on the first story, supported by square brick pillars. There is a projecting cornice below the roof line. The roof line is flat. The interior has terrazzo floors and walls with dark oak trim. The ceilings have been lowered. The County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the southwest side of the second story. There is a small courtroom on the northwest side of the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 4th Judicial District. On the east side and down the hill is the buff colored brick County Public Safety Building housing the Sheriff’s Office and Jail constructed in 1996. The architect was Gremmer, Ohm, Twohig & Due from Fond du Lac and the contractor was Corporate Construction Ltd. Renovations were completed in 2000 and the contractor was Altman Construction Company.


Note:  During construction of the courthouse, the heating contractor was Downey Heating & Supply Company and the jail equipment was Diebold Safe & Lock Company.  The building contract awarded to Hans P Knudson was $47,286.00. The land was acquired from the Montello Granite Company which supplied the foundation stone.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Marquette County Courthouse


See:  The 4th Judicial District includes Calumet County, Fond du Lac CountyGreen Lake CountyManitowoc County, Sheboygan County, Waushara County and Winnebago County. 


History:  The county was created in 1836 and Marquette was selected as the county seat. The county was attached to Brown County for judicial purposes until 1848. The county occupied rented premises. In 1859, the county seat was moved to Montello when Marquette became part of Green Lake CountyThe first courthouse was a stone and brick structure built in 1863 to 1864. County offices were built in 1880. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1915 to 1917 at a cost of $50,000.



County Courthouse – Montello















County Circuit Court courtroom













County Circuit Court small courtroom







County Public Safety Building – Montello





Photos taken 2008, 2012 and 2022