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Crow Wing County Minnesota

Grand View Lodge, ca. 1918, Route 77. Nisswa, MN, National Register

Photo: Grand View Lodge, ca. 1918, Route 77. Nisswa, MN. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Photographed by User:Elkman (own work), 2011, [cc-by-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed April, 2014.

Crow Wing County Courthouse is located at 326 Laurel Street, Brainerd MN 56401; phone: 218-824-1045.

Beginnings [1]

Crow Wing County was established on May 23, 1857 and organized March 3, 1870. The county is named for the Crow Wing River. Early French explorers noted that where the Crow Wing River joins the Mississippi River was an island in the shape of a crow's wing, thus the French term riviere a Aile de Corbeau, River of the Wing of the Raven. The area was a center for Indian trading for all the upper country. Some of the original doorknobs located within the Historic Courthouse have a design that includes a raven.

The original courthouse, built in 1872, was located on 4th Street to the north of Washington Street and later became an apartment house. The current Crow Wing County Historic Courthouse building was erected in 1919-1920.

  1. Crow Wing County History and Facts,, accessed May 2009.
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