Nicollet County Courthouse and Jail

Nicollet County Courthouse
    From 1853 to 1858 the Nicollet County business was conducted in private residences and businesses in the settlement of Traverse des Sioux.  A county election transferred the seat to St. Peter, which lead to the eventual abandonment of Traverse des Sioux.  Initially the courthouse, jail, and public offices were housed in the 1857 Convention Hall building, which was constructed during St. Peter's bid for the state capital.  A stone jail and sheriff's residence were erected in 1871, but the wood Convention Hall was still being used as a courthouse.  An 1880, responding to a state ruling stated that county governmental centers needed to be able to prevent records from being destroyed by fire, construction on the current building was started.  The ruling made a great deal of sense six years later when the Convention Hall burned to the ground.
    The courthouse was opened on July 12, 1881.  In 1907 the jail was added, which replaced the stone building located nearby as the county jail.  Renovations were done in the 1960s and 1970s to modernize the building.  In 1984 a new county jail was constructed at the rear of the original building.

Contact:
Site Address: 501 South Minnesota Ave., St. Peter, MN 56082
Phone: 507-931-6800

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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