Powder River County

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Powder River County is named for the Powder River, which was named for the gunpowder like sand along its banks.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Custer County

E – Carter County

S – Crook County, Wyoming, Campbell County, Wyoming and Sheridan County, Wyoming

W – Big Horn County and Rosebud County

 

Created:  March 7, 1919                         Map of Montana highlighting Powder River County

County Seat: 

Broadus  1919 – present

 

County Courthouse –  Broadus 

 

Location:  10 Courthouse Square / East Holt Street

Built:  1977 – 1978

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Harrison G Fagg and Associates

Contractor:  Tri State Construction of South Dakota

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a one story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Broadus. The east section rises higher with the entrance at the junction of the west section which has a sloped roof line along the north side. In the interior is a large high entrance lobby with stuffed animal on the walls. The County District Court courtroom is located on the northwest side of the lobby. The building houses the County District Court of the 16th Judicial District and County Justice Court. 

 

See:  The 16th Judicial District includes Carter County, Custer County, Fallon CountyGarfield CountyPowder River CountyRosebud County and Treasure County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1919 and Broadus was selected as the county seat in 1920.The county used rented premises until the first courthouse, a two story frame structure, was built in 1934. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1977 to 1978.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Broadus

 

 

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County District Court courtroom

 

 

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Jury Room

 

 

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Photos taken 2009 and 2023