Flathead County

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Flathead County is named for the Flathead Native American tribe that lived in the area.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Alberta, Canada

E – Glacier CountyPondera CountyTeton County and Lewis and Clark County

S – Powell CountyMissoula CountyLake County and Sanders County

W – Sanders County and Lincoln County


Created:  February 6, 1893                    Map of Montana highlighting Flathead County

County Seat: 

Kalispell  1895 – present


Old County Courthouse – Kalispell 


Location:  800 South Main Street / 8th Street

Built:  1903 – 1905

Style:  Chateuaesque

Architect:  Charles F Bell and John N Kent

Contractor:  Hastie & Dougan


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Kalispell. The north front has a projecting center section with a square section rising to a square tower with a steep roof with four small turrets. The base of the building is stone. The roof is sloped. The project was supervised by William Davidson. Materials were supplied by Washington Brick, Lime and Manufacturing Company of Spokane, Washington. In the interior, there are wood stairs and woodwork. The former courtroom is located on the west side of the second story. On the south side is the Old County Jail.


County Justice Center – Kalispell 




Location:   920 South Main Street / 9th Street West

Built:  1984 – 1985

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Architects Design Group and Taylor Thon Thompson Peterson AIA

Contractor:  Morgen & Oswood Construction Company


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story buff colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Kalispell with the courthouse to the north The east front has recessed glass door on the first story. The second and third stories have glass panels in the center section. The roof line is flat. In the interior, there are four County District Court courtrooms on the third story and the Justice Court courtroom on the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the 11th Judicial District and County Justice Court.. The building on the southwest side was being renovated to house the County Justice Court.


History:  The county was created in 1893 and Kalispell was selected as the county seat in 1895. Missoula continued to be the place of the county office until the first and only courthouse was constructed in 1903 to 1905. The County Justice Center was constructed in 1984 to 1985




County Courthouse – Kalispell













Old County Jail – Kalispell







County Justice Center – Kalispell













Photos taken 2009 and 2022