Billings County

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Billings

Billings County is named for Frederick H Billings, who was a railroad executive.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – McKenzie County

E – Dunn County and Stark County

S – Slope County

W – Golden Valley County

 

Created:  February 10, 1879                  Map of North Dakota highlighting Billings County

County Seat:

Medora  1886 – present

 

County Courthouse – Medora

 

Location:  495 4th Street / Pacific Avenue

Built:  1981 – 1982

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Foss Associates Architects

Contractor:  Western Dakota Construction

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Medora. The building has square lines with several projections and vertical dividers. There are open spaces between the vertical brick and concrete pillars. The interior has a central atrium and the courtroom is located on the second story.

 

Old County Courthouse – Medora

 

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Location:  475 4th Street / Pacific Avenue

Built:  1880 – 1881

Style:  Federal

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story dark red colored wood frame Federal style structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Medora to the east of the courthouse. The courthouse consisted of two wood houses in 1886 which were joined to form a single building. In 1913, the second story court room was built. The architect was John Tester. In 1950, a brick addition was added. The west front has a one story enclosed porch. The center section rises two stories with hipped roof. On the north and south are one story wings with the brick addition on the north side.

 

History:  The county was created in 1879 and Medora became the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1880 to 1881 and is still standing. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1981 to 1982.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Medora

 

 

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Old County Courthouse – Medora

 

 

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Photos taken 2009 ans 2013