Marker 508: Old Pepin County Courthouse

© Photographed September 14, 2013 and June 23, 2018
Erected 2006 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Durand, Pepin County, Wisconsin
44° 37.646′ N, 91° 58.079′ W

Built in 1873-74 for $7,000, this building served as the center of Pepin County government for 105 years and is Wisconsin's last remaining wood-frame courthouse. The temple-front Greek Revival style architecture represents strong democratic ideals of government. Building the courthouse settled a turbulent controversy surrounding the selection of the county seat.

The courthouse lawn was the scene of a lynching that gained widespread attention. On November 19, 1881, an angry mob seized Ed Maxwell, who had been accused of killing two lawmen. Still in handcuffs and leg irons and with a noose around his neck, Maxwell was dragged down the steps to a tree in the yard where he was hanged.
The marker is located on the grounds of the Old Courthouse Museum on West Madison Street, near its intersection with 3rd Avenue West, Durand, Wisconsin 54736.

Old Courthouse Museum & Jail

Durand Lynch Tree (PDF of the full story of the lynching of Ed Williams on November 19, 1881).
Ed and his brother Lon . . . who specialized in stealing horses but dabbled in other crimes --- such as bank robbery and murder -- were sometimes compared to the James Brothers.
The building is listed on the State of Wisconsin Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places (I neglected to get photographs of the markers).

See also, Durand Civil War Memorial and 105 Howitzer, also at this location.

 The entrance to the museum is on the back side of the building.

 The sun halo that followed me for several hours
around Pepin County on June 23, 2018.

The marker is located in Durand, Wisconsin.

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