Missoula County

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Missoula

Missoula County is named for the Flathead Native American word “im-i-sul-e-etiku”, meaning “by or near the place of fear or ambush”, a reference to Hell Gate Canyon in which Flathead Native Americans were sometimes attacked by the Blackfeet.

 

Created:   February 2, 1865

County Seat: 

Missoula  1865 – present

 

County Courthouse –  Missoula 

 

Location:  200 West Broadway Street / North Higgins Avenue

Built:  1908 – 1910

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  A J Gibson

Contractor:  W M Oliver

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story gray colored sandstone block  structure. The south front has two double columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The cornice projects from the roof line around the building. In the building center is an integral iron-clad dome with clock and small cupola at the top. Within the dome is a two ton bell. There is a rotunda under the ornately decorated dome. The plaster columns supporting the rotunda are Doric on the basement level and Ionic on the main story and Corinthian on the second story. There are eight murals by Edgar Samuel Paxon. The building was renovated in 2016. The architect was A & E Architects of Missoula and the contractor was Jackson Contractors Group of Missoula.
 

County Courthouse Annex –  Missoula 

 

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Location:  199 West Pine Street / North Higgins Avenue

Built:  1965 – 1966

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Witwer and Price

Contractor:  Pew Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a four story concrete and glass structure. The building is connected on the south side to the courthouse. The roof line is flat.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Sanders County, Lake County and Flathead County

E – Powell County

S – Granite County, Ravalli County and Idaho County, Idaho

W – Clearwater County, Idaho and Mineral County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2009 and 2016