Harney County

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Harney County is named for William S Harney, who was a cavalry officer and who was involved in the Pig War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

 Crook County and Grant County

E – Malheur County

 Humboldt County, Nevada and Washoe County, Nevada

W – Lake County, Deschutes County and Crook County


Created:  February 25, 1889                  Map of Oregon highlighting Harney County

County Seat: 

Burns     1889


County Courthouse – Burns


Location:  450 North Buena Vista Avenue / West Washington Street

Built:  1941 – 1942

Style:  Modern

Architect:  C Roald, Schmeer and Harrington of Portland

Contractor:  A Richie & Company of Baker City


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story light red brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Burns. The building is rectangular shaped with the main entrance at the center of the east side. Decoration is concentrated on the central entry, where concrete fluting flanks a tall twelve-pane window over the two front doors. A white colored concrete band runs below the first story. There are white colored vertical panels between the first and second story windows. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit of the 24th Judicial District, County Court and County Justice Court. During construction J Elwood Isted was appointed Clerk of the Works.


See:  The 24th Judicial District includes Grant County.


History:  The county was created in 1898 and Burns was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1890 as the Smith and Young Building and donated to the county. In 1940, the county moved into the Brown Building on Broadway and is still standing. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1941 to 1942 at a cost of $68,231.




County Courthouse – Burns






















County Circuit Court courtroom
















Commissioner Minutes 1941

Photos taken 2015