Latah County

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Latah County is named for the Latah Creek which name comes from the Chinook jargon meaning “tooth” or “teeth”, or for the Nez Perce term for “the place of pine trees and sestle” and an early name was “Lah-Toh”.


Created:  May 14, 1888

County Seat: 

Moscow  1888 – present


County Courthouse – Moscow 


Location:  522 South Adams Street / East 5th Street

Built:  1957 – 1958

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Dropping, Kelley, Hosford & La Marche 

Contractor:  Commercial Builders Inc.


Description:  The building  faces west and is a two story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The main entrance is located in the center and is one story. The south wing extends east and the north wing extends north from the central entrance. The adjoining Law Enforcement Center was built in 1973. The architect was Dropping, Kelley, Hosford & La Marche and the contractor was Commercial Builders Inc.


See:  The architect  Dropping, Kelley, Hosford & La Marche designed the Judicial Building in Minidoka County and the Idaho Supreme Court building.


Note:  The previous courthouse was built in 1889 and razed in 1958. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $400,000.



N – Benewah County

E – Shoshone County and Clearwater County

S – Clearwater County and Nez Perce County

W – Whitman County, Washington

















Photos taken 2006 and 2009