Daniels County

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Daniels County is named for Mansfield A Daniels, who was an early rancher and storekeeper.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Saskatchewan, Canada

E – Sheridan County

S – Roosevelt County and Valley County

W – Valley County


Created:  August 30, 1920                     Map of Montana highlighting Daniels County

County Seat: 

Scobey  1920 – present


County Courthouse – Scobey


Location:  213 Main Street / 2nd Avenue West

Built:  1913 – 1914

Style:  Western Territorial

Architect:   Minnie Wakefield ( owner )

Contractor:  Minnie Wakefield ( owner )


Description:  The building faces east and  is a two story white colored weatherboard  structure. The building is located in the center of Scobey. The building presents a clapboard false front to the street which masks this irregular massing and unifies the form.  The building has a two story porch on the Western false front. The entrance has double wood doors. The roof is hipped. In the interior, the County District Court courtroom is on the south side of the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the 15th Judicial District and County Justice Court. 


Note:  The building was originally constructed as the Commercial Hotel and occupied by Minnie Wakefield who was named “One Eyed Molly”. She ran a “house of pleasure”.


See:  The courthouse is one of two wood courthouses in Montana and the other wood courthouse is in Carter County. In Nebraska there are two wood courthouses located in Blaine County and Frontier County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Daniels County Courthouse


See:  The 15th Judicial District includes Daniels CountyRoosevelt County and Sheridan County.


History:  The county was created in 1920 and Scobey was selected as the county seat. The building was purchased by the county as the first and present courthouse from John Fuller in 1920 and an addition was constructed on the north side in 1927.




County Courthouse – Scobey



















County District Court courtroom







Photos taken 2006, 2012 and 2016