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Griggs County Court House, Cooperstown, Dakota
Griggs County Court House, Cooperstown, Dakota
TitleGriggs County Court House, Cooperstown, Dakota
Date of Original1888
DescriptionFront of courthouse showing several people walking towards entrance.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectPolitics & Government
Subject (LCTGM)Courthouses
Organization NameGriggs County Courthouse (Cooperstown, N.D.)
LocationCooperstown (N.D.)
Griggs County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Item NumberFolio 102.TrS73.3c
Format of OriginalLithographs
Dimensions of Original8 x 8 cm.
Publisher of OriginalSmalley, E. V. (Eugene Virgil), 1841-1899
Place of PublicationSaint Paul (Minn.)
Transcription"The Little County of Griggs. A local paper, in a carefully prepared article gives us the following curious information: The County contains 720 square miles or 20, 072, 448, 000 square feet. The entire population of the globe, 1, 450, 000, 000 individuals, might be comfortably seated in this county in armchairs, and allowed thirteen square feet apiece, or, a space three and a half feet each way. This county is a little greater in area than the incorporated limits of the City of London, and yet if the people of the City of London were allocated in Griggs County, and there are 5, 000, 000 of them, each man, woman and child might have one-tenth of an acre--or a plot of ground sixty-six feet square--enough ground, in its marvelous fertility, to support the individual. Yet we have only a population of 3, 000 with Government land to be taken up and railroad land to be purchased at about $2 to $5 per acre. The soil is a vegetable loam from one to three feet in depth, underlaid by a bed of mud from six to twenty feet deep. Almost anywhere good water is found in the gravel underlying the marl. In deep wells the quality of the water is problematical. These deep wells may be as soft and limpid as rain water, or as trackish as the Dead Sea. The small lakes of the county present curious characteristics. Red Willow Lake, the principal body of water, is as fresh and bright as a Swiss lake and swarming with fish; yet a few miles distant is the picturesque Lake Jessie, in which the surf piles up great banks of soapy foam against the shore, and in whose water no fish live. The west land slopes down to the timbered edge of these, and all the lakes of the county, which are like hand mirrors wet in frames of enameled plush, hand painted with wheat fields and farm houses. the county is otherwise watered by the tortuous Sheyenne River and its main branch, Bald Hill Creek. the river, which is heavily timbered with oak, ash and elm, follows the eastern line, while the creek comes wandering down from the west, along the south boundary. The county was not settled till 1882, and while some vacant Government land is within its boundaries, it has many fine farms well cultivated, and stocked with cattle. The annual yield of No. 1 Hard wheat is about 750, 000 bushels with barley and oats galore. A comparatively short wheat crop for two years has led the farmers to turn their attention, in a measure, to live stock. Many fine herds have been started, and pigs and poultry are getting abundant. The yield of vegetables upon this new soil is so marvelous as to challenge credence. The result is that one garden in a township generally supplies all the people. Cooperstown, the county seat is the only village in the county. It is the terminus of the Cooperstown branch of the Northern Pacific, the only road that approaches the county nearer than fifteen miles. It is the marketing point for not only the entire county, but for large portions of adjoining counties. It has 700 inhabitants and is an isolated, independent, little town which sees few visitors save the sportsmen who come for fall sporting. Thousands of prairie chickens, Canada geese and brant are slaughtered in October and November. Two local sportsmen in a two days campaign secured 160 geese of an average weight of twelve pounds. A creamery, brickyard and grist mill are badly needed at Cooperstown. The field is also a good one for professional men. - Fred H. Adams, Editor Griggs County Courier" - Article accompanying this and other image of the Sheyenne River valley.
NotesTitle is caption with image.
Artist unknown.
Detailed description of courthouse found in National Register nomination.
William S. Horton likely artist.
Biography/HistoryThe courthouse is located on Rollin Avenue, designed by F.B. Edwards and built by Alexander Moffat of Sanborn, N.D. in 1884. The 2-story structure is 91 ft. long and 48 ft. wide. It has a stone foundation and the walls are red brick laid in mortor of the same color. The stair tower, at the northeast corner, has a pyramidal roof surmounted by an ornate weathervane. There are a variety of wall enrichment styles. Also showing are rain gutters, brick chimney and a metal chimney or vent. Trees were planted on the grounds in 1891.
Bibliographic Reference"Griggs County Courthouse." National Register of Historic Places: North Dakota (Microfiche). Teaneck, N.J. : Chadwyck-Healey, 1984.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionDakota Lithographs and Engravings Collection Folio 102
Collection Finding AidConsult:
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (Folio 102.TrS73.3c)
Rights ManagementImage in public domain.
Digital IDrsL00094.jp2
Original SourceNorthwest Magazine, Jan. 1888. p. 14
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