Silver Bow County

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Silver Bow County is named for Silver Bow Creek which flows through Butte and where gold was discovered.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Deer Lodge County

E – Jefferson County

S – Madison County

W – Beaverhead County


Created:  February 16, 1881                  Map of Montana highlighting Silver Bow County

County Seat: 

Butte  1881 – present


County Courthouse – Butte


Location:  155 West Granite Street / North Montana Street

Built:  1910 – 1912

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  John G Link and Charles S Haire of Billings

Contractor:  Sound Construction and Engineering Company


Description:  The building faces south and is a four story gray colored stone and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Butte. The south front has a projecting center section with three rectangular entrances on the first story and six columns rising from the second story to the top of the third story. Above is a wide header on the fourth story with small windows along the four story. A balustrade runs along the roof line. The rotunda walls are decorated with golden mosaic murals of personified muses — Justice, Geography, History and Philosophy. Above them, Presidents Lincoln, McKinley, Washington, and Wilson reside on the corners of the dome. Large pillars of Montana-quarried Travertine draw the eye upward toward the mosaics and stained glass dome. The building also houses the City of Butte offices.


See:  The architect, John G Link of Montana ( in association with Charles S Haire  and others ) designed courthouses in Montana in Big Horn County, Carter County, Custer County, Dawson County, Granite County, McCone County, Musselshell CountyRichland County, Rosebud County and Sheridan County; in Oregon in Jackson County and in Wyoming in Park CountySheridan County and Washakie County.


History:  The county was created in 1881 and Butte was designated as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story structure designed by J R Roberts and built in 1884 to 1885. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1910 to 1912 at a cost of $485,000.




County Courthouse – Butte





































Photos taken 2011