Carter County

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Carter County is named for Thomas Henry Carter, who was a United States Senator from Montana.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Fallon County

E – Harding County, South Dakota and Butte County, South Dakota

S – Crook County, Wyoming

W – Powder River County and Custer County


Created:  February 22, 1917                  Map of Montana highlighting Carter County

County Seat: 

Ekalaka  1917 – present


County Courthouse – Ekalaka


Location:  214 Park Street / South Main Street

Built:  1919 – 1920

Style:  Territorial

Architect:  John Link and Charles Haire of Billings

Contractor:   Lantis Rickard Lumber of Ekalaka


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story white colored wood frame structure. The building is located on spacious grounds in the center of Ekalaka. There is a one story projection at the central entrance on the north side. Above the entrance on the second story is a large window. On the center of the roof is a square cupola with smaller cupola at the top. The building houses the County District Court of the 16th Judicial District. The supervising architect was John Thompson.


Note:  The cost of construction, including materials and manpower was approximately $18,000. The fixtures, which included office equipment and vaults were purchased from Billings Stationary & Office Company for about $1,400.00. The lighting contract was with L F Bruggemann for a cost of $600.00.


See:  The courthouse is one of two wood courthouses in Montana and the other wood courthouse is in Daniels County.


See:  The architect, John G Link of Montana ( in association with Charles S Haire  and others ) designed courthouses in Montana in Big Horn CountyCuster County, Dawson County, Granite County, McCone County, Musselshell County, Richland County, Rosebud County, Sheridan County and Silver Bow County; in Oregon in Jackson Countyand in Wyoming in Park CountySheridan County and Washakie County.


See:  The 16th Judicial District includes Carter County, Custer CountyFallon CountyGarfield CountyPowder River CountyRosebud County and Treasure County.


History:  The county was created in 1917 and Ekalaka was designated as the county seat. The first and only courthouse was constructed in 1919 to 1920.




County Courthouse - Ekalaka 
















Photos taken 2009