Dawson County

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Dawson County is named for Andrew Dawson, who was a trapping official and a major in the United States Army.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – McCone County and Richland County

E – Richland County and Wibaux County

S – Wibaux County and Prairie County

W – Prairie County and McCone County


Created:  January 15, 1869                    Map of Montana highlighting Dawson County

County Seat: 

Glendive  1870 – present


County Courthouse – Glendive


Location:  207 West Bell Street / South Kendrick Avenue

Built:  1961 – 1962

Style:  Modern

Architect:  J G Link & Company

Contractor:  Sterhan Construction Company


Description:  The building faces north and is a one story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Glendive. The central entrance is recessed with glass walls. The west section is two stories with red colored brick on the northwest corner and horizontal windows. The building has a flat roof. The building was renovated in 2012 with the addition of an elevator. The architect was Schutz Foss Architects of Billings and the contractor was Oswood Construction Company of Great Falls. Behind the building is the old buff colored brick jail.


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


History:  The county was created in 1869 and Glendive was selected as the county seat in 1870. The county rented offices premises until the first courthouse was built by W S Hurst in 1883. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1961 to 1962.




County Courthouse – Glendive













Photos taken 2009 and 2012