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Rusk County

Rusk County is named for Jeremiah Rusk, who was the Governor of Wisconsin from 1882 to 1889.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Sawyer County

E – Price County and Taylor County

S – Taylor County and Chippewa County

W – Barron County



Created:  January 19, 1905                    Map of Wisconsin highlighting Rusk County

County Seat: 

Ladysmith  1905 – present


County Courthouse – Ladysmith


Location:  311 Miner Avenue East / East 4th Street

Built:  1964 – 1965

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Dobberman & Helske

Contractor:  Steel Structures, Incorporated of Medford


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Ladysmith. The south front has vertical concrete dividers with long narrow windows between. The central recessed entrance has a solid white colored stone panel above the doorway. The rest of the building is a red-yellow colored brick and the roof line is flat. In the interior is the County Circuit Court courtroom. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 10th Judicial District. The building was constructed as an annex with the old courthouse on the north side. 


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


History:  Gates County was created in 1901 and changed to Rsk County in 1905. The first courthouse was designed and constructed by Stanley Manufacturing Company in 1902 to 1903 and is still standing. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1964 to 1965 and the old courthouse was remodeled in 1992 to 1996 as the Administration Building and parts of the original building was demolished as the new additions were constructed.


County Administration Building – Ladysmith



Location:  311 Miner Avenue East / East 4th Street

Built:  1902 – 1903 / 1992 – 1996

Style:  Classical Revival / Modern

Architect:  Stanley Manufacturing Company / Ayers Associates

Contractor:  Stanley Manufacturing Company / Market & Johnson, Inc.


Description:  The building faces east and is a modern three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on the north side of the courthouse in the center of Ladysmith. The building was the original county courthouse designed and constructed by Stanley Manufacturing Company in 1902 to 1903 and additions were added in 1992 to 1996. The east entrance has a concrete portico with concrete facing above. The roof line is flat. The building sits on the site of the old courthouse. In 1992 to 1996 the architect was Ayers Associates and the contractor was Market & Johnson, Inc. The buildings are named the “Rusk County Government Center”. The building is connected to the courthouse on the southeast side.



County Courthouse – Ladysmith







County Circuit Court courtroom





County Administration Building – Ladysmith













Picture 1902 County Courthouse



Picture New County Courthouse in front of 1902 County Courthouse

Photos taken 2007, 2011 and 2012