Toole County is named for Joseph Toole, who was the first Governor of the State of Montana.
Surrounding County Courthouses:
N – Alberta, Canada
E – Liberty County
S – Pondera County
W – Glacier County
Created: May 7, 1914
Shelby 1914 – present
County Courthouse – Shelby
Location: 226 1st Street South / Maple Avenue
Built: 1933 – 1934
Style: Art Deco
Architect: A V McIver of McIver & Cohagen Architects of Great Falls
Contractor: Kleppe & Sletten of Great Falls
Description: The building faces northeast and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building sits atop a sloping hill on the northeast side of the building on landscaped grounds in the center of Shelby. The northeast front has a projecting center section with the entrance framed in dark stone. Above the entrance are window panels. The courtroom is circular in shape. The building houses the County District Court of the 9th Judicial District.
History: The county was created in 1914 and Shelby was designated as the county seat. The county used rented premises. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1933 to 1934.
Photos taken 2009