Fergus County

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Fergus

Fergus County is named for James Fergus, the father of Andrew Fergus, who was one of the first settlers in the area.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Choteau CountyBlaine County and Phillips County

E – Petroleum County

S – Musselshell CountyGolden Valley County and Wheatland County

W – Judith Basin County and Choteau County

 

Created:  March 12, 1885                       Map of Montana highlighting Fergus County

County Seat: 

Lewistown  1886 – present

 

County Courthouse – Lewistown

 

Location:  721 West Main Street / 7th Avenue South

Built:  1908 – 1909

Style:  Spanish Colonial

Architect:  Newton C Gauntt of North Yakima, Washington

Contractor:  William Oliver of Spokane, Washington

 

Description:  The building face southeast and is a three story pink and brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Lewiston. The building has two large columns supporting a header with balustrade in the central front. On the center of the roof is an octagonal cupola with clock and gold colored dome containing a clock. The base of the building is dark brown colored brick. The courtroom is located on the second story. On the northwest is the jail.

 

History:  The county was created in 1885 and Lewistown was selected as the county seat in 1886. The first court met at the small jail on the south bank of Spring Creek. The Bank of Fergus County building was erected in 1890 and the county occupied the upper story. The first courthouse was a brick structure built in 1888. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1908 to 1909.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Lewistown

 

 

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Old Stone County Jail – Lewistown

 

 

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Photos taken 2006 and 2011