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Sawyer County

Sawyer County is named for Philetus Sawyer, who was a United States Senator from Wisconsin from 1881 to 1893.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Bayfield County and Ashland County 

E – Ashland County and Price County

S – Rusk County

W – Washburn County


Created:   March 10, 1883                      Map of Wisconsin highlighting Sawyer County

County Seat: 

Hayward  1883 – present


County Courthouse – Hayward


Location:  10610 Main Street / West 5th Street

Built:  1961 – 1962

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Larson-Playter-Smith of Eau Claire

Contractor:  Kramschuster Incorporated


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a one story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Hayward. The southwest front has a pitched roof over the glassed entrance with red colored wood finish. To the west the section has stone facing and on the east is dark red colored siding. The southeast wing is two stories and descends down the low hill. Wings were added in 1992 and 1998. In the interior, the County Circuit Court courtroom and the Commission’s Room have high ceilings. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 10th Judicial District. In 2022 to 2023, an addition was constructed on the north side containing a second County Circuit Court courtroom. The architect was Venture Architects of Milwaukee and the contractor was Miron Construction Company of Milwaukee.


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


History:  The county was created in 1883 and Hayward was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story structure constructed by N B Rundle in 1884. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1961 to 1962.



County Courthouse – Hayward











County Circuit Court courtroom





Picture 1884 County Courthouse

Photos taken 2007 and 2010