Williams County

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Williams County is named for Erastus Appelman Williams of Bismarck, North Dakota (1850-1930), an  outstanding figure in the political history of the Dakota Territory and North Dakota who served during ten legislative sessions.


Created:  November 30, 1891

County Seat: 

Williston  1891 – present


County Courthouse – Williston


Location:  205 East Broadway / 2nd Avenue East

Built:  1953 – 1954

Style:  Modern

Architect:  William Kurke and Associates of Fargo

Contractor:  Johson-Gillander of Grand Forks


Description: The building faces south and is a three story concrete and glass structure. The building is located in the center of  Williston. The first story is faced with a rose marble stone and the upper part is a white colored polished stone. At the south front, the entrance is towards the west side and has narrow windows divided by protruding dividers on the second and third stories. An addition was constructed on the east side.


Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by Charles E Bell and John N Kent and built by Lease & Richards in 1899.



N – Divide County

E – Burke County and Mountrail County 

S – McKenzie County

W – Roosevelt County, Montana 





County Courthouse – Williston













Old Red Brick 1899 Courthouse – Williston




Picture 1899 Old Red Brick Courthouse – Williston

Photos taken 2007 and 2009