Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Winnebago County Courthouse in Forest City

Winnebago County is named for the Native American tribe, whose name means “People of Stinking Waters.

The first courthouse was a two-room log cabin that was located on the courthouse square, which was replaced in 1861 with a two-story courthouse constructed with locally made brick. A frame addition was completed in 1877.

The current courthouse was designed using Romanesque architecture by Kinney & Orth, and completed in 1897 by contractor F. A. Gross. The building was constructed using Menomonie red pressed brick, and trimmed with stone. The Winnebago County courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Visit the Winnebago-Worth Counties Betterment Council web site for more information.

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