Filed Under Butte

Silver Bow County Jail

Butte National Historic Landmark District

The Beaux Arts style building complex comprising the county courthouse and jail serves to firmly anchor Butte’s business district. Montana’s most distinguished architects of the period, Link and Haire, designed both the courthouse and this substantial three-story jail. The steel frame, brick, and stone structure, erected in 1909, for a time served as the courthouse until the new building opened in 1912. An underground tunnel connects the two structures. A Smithsonian exhibition of Teddy Roosevelt’s African trophies provided the model for ten terra cotta lions’ heads beneath the building’s wide cornice.


Silver Bow County Jail
Silver Bow County Jail Silver Bow County Jail (PAc 91-51 B1 RollCBD02 F01). Front view of the building, facing west on North Alaska Street near the intersection of North Alaska and West Quartz Street to the north of the building (right of the photograph). B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1985


225 North Alaska Street, Butte, Montana | Public


The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Silver Bow County Jail,” Historic Montana, accessed March 2, 2024,