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Missoula County Courthouse

Missoula Downtown Historic District

The Neoclassical style sandstone Missoula County Courthouse was designed by prominent local architect A. J. Gibson, and erected 1908-1910. Inside the copper-domed clock tower hangs a two-ton bell, and a notable interior decoration is the series of eight historical murals for the main, south entrance, commissioned from Missoulian Edgar S. Paxson for a fee of $1,000. Missoula County is one of Montana’s oldest political subdivisions, organized in 1860 as the section of Washington Territory extending from about the crest of the Bitterroot Mountains eastward to the crest of the Rocky Mountains. Subsequently, the county was in Idaho Territory (1863) and finally Montana Territory (1864). Missoula’s original county seat was at Hell’s Gate, four miles west of here, until 1865, when Higgins and Worden moved their store to the site of the current city. Their saw mill and grist mill, plus the store of Bonner and Welsh, led county commissioners to move the seat of government here in 1866. The original courthouse stood on this site, but had become too small by 1907.

Images

Missoula County Courthouse, Missoula, MT View of the Missoula County Courthouse. Man with a push lawnmower visible in the lower right of view. Photo used by the Publicity Division of the Montana Department of Agriculture. Source: 949-377, Montana Historical Society Research Center Photograph Archives, Helena, MT. Creator: Rollin H. McKay, photographer Date: 1910
Missoula County Courthouse Missoula County Courthouse, aerial photo, front/side view of building, facing northwest on the corner of Broadway Avenue and Ryman Street. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Rollin H. McKay Date: Unknown
Missoula County Courthouse Missoula County Courthouse, aerial photo, front/side view of the building, facing northwest on the corner of Broadway Avenue and Ryman Street. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Marcie James Date: Fall 2006
Missoula County Courthouse Missoula County Courthouse. Front view of the building, facing north on Broadway Avenue in downtown Missoula. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: ca. 1920
Missoula County Courthouse Missoula County Courthouse from across Broadway Avenue, front view of the building. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Stan Healy Date: ca. 1955-1960
Missoula County Courthouse Missoula County Courthouse. Front view of the building, facing north on Broadway Avenue. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Rollin H. McKay Date: ca. 1925
Missoula County Courthouse Missoula County Courthouse after addition is constructed on west side of the building. Front/side view of the building to include addition, facing northeast on Broadway Avenue. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Stan Healy Date: After 1965

Location

200 West Broadway Street, Missoula, Montana | Public

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Missoula County Courthouse,” Historic Montana, accessed September 25, 2023, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1653.