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Pepin County Courthouse and Jail

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Pepin County Courthouse and Jail
Location307 W. Madison, Durand, Wisconsin
Coordinates44°37′44″N 91°57′53″W / 44.62889°N 91.96472°W / 44.62889; -91.96472
Area1.3 acres (0.53 ha)
Architectural styleGreek Revival
MPSCounty Courthouses of Wisconsin TR
NRHP reference No.82000695[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 9, 1982

The Pepin County Courthouse and Jail is located in Durand, Wisconsin. In 1982, the site was added to the National Register of Historic Places.[2] Additionally, it is listed on the Wisconsin State Register of Historic Places.


The old jail is in the back of this sheriff's residence.
The old jail is in the back of this sheriff's residence.
A cell in the old jail
A cell in the old jail

The courthouse was constructed from 1873 to 1874 at a cost of $7,000, with the jail built next door.[3] Attached to the jail was the official residence of the Sheriff of Pepin County, Wisconsin. In 1881, the site managed to survive a fire that cause great damage to the town. The jail and sheriff's residence remained in use until 1984, while the courthouse remained in use until 1985.

Old Courthouse Museum & Jail

Currently, the property serves as the Old Courthouse Museum & Jail, which is operated by the Pepin County Historical Society. Exhibits include the courtroom, jail, and displays of local history and culture.

1881 lynching incident

In 1881, a man who had been associated with Quantrill's Raiders and the James-Younger Gang was arrested in Durand for the murder of a sheriff's deputy. On the day of his trial at the courthouse, a mob descended upon the area, taking custody of the man and later lynching him.

The event was reported in the St. Paul Pioneer Press and The New York Times, causing Durand to gain a reputation of a "hanging town". However, it was later reported that most individuals involved in the lynching had come to the town from other areas. It was the last lynching in Wisconsin.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Pepin County Courthouse and Jail". Landmark Retrieved 2013-05-24.
  3. ^ "Old Pepin County Courthouse Museum and Jail". Old Courthouse Museum & Jail. Retrieved 2013-05-24.

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