Boundary County

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Boundary County is named for the proximity of the County to the Canadian border.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – British Columbia, Canada

E – Lincoln County, Montana

S – Bonner County

W – Bonner County and Pend Oreille County, Washington


Created:  January 15, 1915                                                        Map of Idaho highlighting Boundary County

County Seat: 

Bonners Ferry  1915 – present


County Courthouse – Bonners Ferry 


Location:  6452 Kootenai Street / 1st Street

Built:  1938 – 1940

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Whitehouse and Price of Spokane , Washington

Contractor:  Fletcher Martin / Clifford Hill – superintendent of construction.


Description:  The building  faces north and is a two story white colored concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Bonners Ferry. The central entrance is recessed with a glass panel above the entrance. Between the second and first story windows on the front exposure are several decorative panels. Those on the central three bays are bas relief scenes designed by Fletcher Martin. They depict logging, mining, and farming scenes. The center section of the building projects from the main building. The murals on the front of the building were done by Fletcher Martin. The roof line is flat. The interior retains its gray-green and brown terrazzo floor, rough plaster walls, and simple wood door surrounds and stair bannisters. The building houses the County District Court and County Magistrate Court of the 1st Judicial District. The building was a Works Progress Administration project (WPA). Clifford Hill was superintendent of construction.


See:  National; Register of Historic Places – Boundary County Courthouse


See:  The 1st Judicial District includes Benewah CountyBonner County, Kootenai County and Shoshone County.


History:  The county was created in 1915 and Bonners Ferry was selected as the county seat. The county purchased a converted wooden school and the West Hotel as the first courthouse in 1916. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1938 to 1940 at a cost of $100,000.




County Courthouse – Bonners Ferry
















Photos taken 2009