Viewing Stearns County Court House and Jail (1915).
Stearns County was formed February 20, 1855. After many starts and stops, its first courthouse was finished in 1864. In the following decades, as the county grew, its needs did also, but the county board would only authorize additions to the courthouse in the 1870s and 1880s. In 1915, the author of a county history described it as "one of the most ill-constructed, ill-looking and inconvenient court houses to be found in the state."