1883 Stutsman County Courthouse

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1883 Stutsman County Courthouse ,
504 Third Ave. SE,
Jamestown, ND 58401

Built in 1883, the historic Stutsman County Courthouse in Jamestown is home to a new family-friendly hands-on exhibit about how state and local governments work and what it means to be a North Dakota citizen. The site is North Dakota's oldest surviving courthouse and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Courthouse is significant for its architectural style-one of only two county courthouses in the state in the Gothic Revival Style-and for its pressed metal interior, which covers the interior walls and ceilings.

It is the only remaining North Dakota building directly related to the activities of the 1880s statehood movement. Delegates to the state's constitutional convention were elected here, and meetings were held in 1885 to discuss the division of Dakota Territory into North and South Dakota. Stutsman County Courthouse is truly the birthplace of statehood.

Designed by Henry C. Koch, a Wisconsin architect, the courthouse was completed in less than a year. The building served as the center of county government until the early 1980s, when Stutsman County vacated the building and intended to demolish it in favor of a parking lot. Local citizens rallied to save the building. After 15 years of legal battles, ownership of the courthouse was transferred to the State Historical Society in 1991. It opened to the public in 2017.


Today visitors can:

• Explore historic rooms including the courtroom, county offices, and the basement jail.

• Learn about American citizenship where it happened, in a community's local courthouse.

• Discover historic office technology.

• Witness historic preservation in action. Restoration has been ongoing since the 1990s.

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All Features

  • Accessibility
    • Paved,
    • Service Animals Allowed
  • Activities
    • Self-guided Tours
  • General Information
    • Family-Friendly,
    • Free Admission
  • Location
    • Downtown
  • Parking
    • Street Parking

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