Jackson County Minnesota was made an official political division in May of 1857 by the Minnesota State Legislature naming it after the first merchant of St. Paul, MN. Growth in the county was slowed by the Sioux uprising and the Civil War. In the mid 1860's settlers were reestablished through out the county. With a focus on agriculture and industry, Jackson County continues to prosper. The Jackson County Courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Buildings. It was constructed in 1908 by Charles Skooglun of St. Paul according to designs by Minneapolis architects Buechner and Orth. Beautiful murals adorn the Court Room and Rotunda, and have recently been refurbished. The murals are noteworthy for a subliminal humor in the execution of various figures and subjects. Several of the figures have either four or six toes! The lower level is host to personal collections, on loan and displayed for many visitors to enjoy.