Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sioux County Courthouse in Orange City

Sioux County was named for the Sioux Native American tribe, once prosperous in the Iowa and Minnesota area. Sioux means “little snake.”

The first courthouse was a 1½ story log structure built in Calliope, with portholes similar to a fort for protection.

The county seat moved to Orange City in 1872. A frame building was erected, but after 20 years was too small to meet the needs of the growing county.

In 1904 a Romanesque courthouse designed by Wilfred Beach was completed using red and buff colored sandstone. It features a six-story clock tower topped by a statue of Justice. The Sioux County courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

Visit the Sioux County web site for more information.

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