Lewis County

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Lewis County is named for Merriweather Lewis, who was the co-leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Nez Perce County and Clearwater County

E – Clearwater County and Idaho County

S – Idaho County

W – Nez Perce County


Created:  March 3, 1911                                                             Map of Idaho highlighting Lewis County

County Seat: 

Nezperce  1911 – present


County Courthouse – Nezperce 


Location:  510 Oak Street / 6th Avenue

Built:  1973 – 1974

Style:  Modern

Architect:  William Parr

Contractor:  E Hollibaugh Construction Company


Description:  The building  faces east and is a one story white colored limestone, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Nezperce. The east front has a central recessed entrance with dark rough stone trim on each side. The windows are vertical with projecting trim. A wide band runs along the flat roof line. The courtroom is located in the building. The building houses the County District Court and County Magistrate Court of the 2nd Judicial District. 


Old County Courthouse – Nezperce 




Location:  506 Oak Street / 5th Avenue

Built:  1880 -1881

Style:  Commercial

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building  faces east and is a two story red colored brick, limestone and concrete structure. The building is located at the street corner in the center of Nezperce and was constructed as a bank. The northeast corner has two arches with recessed entrance. The north side has an arched entrance. Stone lintels top each window and a wide band runs below the flat roof line. The county occupied the building in 1911 as the first courthouse.


See:  The 2nd Judicial District includes Clearwater CountyIdaho CountyLatah County and Nez Perce County.


History The county was created in 1911 and Nezperce was selected as the county seat. In 1911, the first courthouse was the commercial building in Nezperce built in 1880 to 1881 and occupied in 1911. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1973 to 1974.




County Courthouse – Nezperce































Old County Courthouse – Nezperce










Photos taken 2009 and 2016