Viewing "Building the Rock County Courthouse" (1911).
In the wake of a bitter battle over the location of the county seat, the county commissioners pressed forward on their plan to build a courthouse, jail and sheriff's residence in Luverne. The first proposal to float bonds for $75,000 was not favorably received by the public. The amount was reduced to $50,000, but that also was considered too much. Finally the voters approved bonds totaling $30,000 by a 2:1 margin in June 1887. The building contract was let in August and the structure completed a year later, thirty-one years after the county was formed by the legislature.