Ravalli County

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Ravalli County is named for Anthony Ravalli, who was a Jesuit missionary who arrived in the area in 1845.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Missoula County

E – Granite County and Deer Lodge County

S – Beaverhead County and Lemhi County, Idaho

W – Idaho County, Idaho


Created:  February 16, 1893                  Map of Montana highlighting Ravalli County

County Seat: 

Stevensville  1893 – 1898

Hamilton       1898 – present


County Courthouse – Hamilton


Location:  205 Bedford Street / South 2nd Street

Built:  1975 – 1976

Style: Modern

Architect:  Howland and Associates

Contractor:  Pew Construction Company


Description:  The building faces north and is a one story brown colored concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Hamilton with the old courthouse on the west side. The building forms a “T” with the center section extending east. The south wing is two stories. A wide band follows the roof line. The building houses the County District Court of the 21st Judicial District.


Old County Courthouse – Hamilton




Location:  SE – Bedford Street / South 3rd Street

Built:  1900 – 1901

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  A J Gibson

Contractor:  Charles Stabern of Helena


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Hamilton. The main entrance is at the north front of the building. The northwest corner has a tiered square brick tower rising to a block dome with small cupola at the top. The roof is sloped. The large courtroom is located on the second story.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Old Ravalli County Courthouse


History:  The county was created in 1893 and Stevensville was selected as the county seat. The county seat was moved to Hamilton in 1898. The first courthouse was constructed in 1900 to 1901 at a cost of $19,750. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1975 to 1976.




County Courthouse – Hamilton













Old County Courthouse – Hamilton




Photos taken 2009