Big Stone County Courthouse

    Big Stone County was established in 1862, but did not have an organized judicial system until 1881.  Before then, their judicial affairs were handled by Renville and then Stevens County.  Just four years after the organization of the county judiciary, the courthouse burned to the ground.  Until it was replaced by an inadequate three-story frame building built from insurance money.  The current courthouse was built in 1902 with county construction bonds.  Fremont D. Orff of Minneapolis designed the building using a blend of Romanesque and Classical styles with light tan brick and accented with granite mined in Ortonville.  Construction of the courthouse was carried out by D. H. Olsen for $30,000.
    On the lawn of the courthouse there is a granite monument, the Big Stone County War Memorial, erected in 1920.

Site Address: 20 S.E. Second St., Ortonville, MN 56278
Phone: 320-839-2123

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.