Klamath County

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Klamath County is named for the Klamath or Clamitte Native American tribe which had a presence in the area.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Deschutes County

E – Lake County

S – Modoc County, California and Siskiyou County, California

W – Jackson CountyDouglas County and Lane County

 

Created:  October 17, 1882                    Map of Oregon highlighting Klamath County

County Seat: 

Klamath Falls  1882 – present

 

County Courthouse – Klamath Falls  

 

Location:  316 Main Street / 3rd Street

Built:  1997 – 1999

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Kaplan. McLaughlin, Diaz Architects

Contractor:  Mark West Construction

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a four story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Klamath Falls. The west front has a large semi-circular glass section with three entrances on the first story, vertical dividers between the large glass windows. The roof line is flat.

 

History: The county was created in 1882 and Klamath Falls was designated as the county seat. The county used rented premises until the first courthouse,  a two story frame structure was built by W S Moore & Company in 1888 at a cost of $3,500. The second courthouse known as the Hot Springs Courthouse, was designed by Benjamin M Dougall and constructed by Chapman Company in 1913 at a cost of $172,000. Only the exterior was completed due to law suits and the building was razed in 1927. The third courthouse was designed by E McClaren and constructed by J M Dougan Company in 1918 at a cost of $122,000 and was occupied in 1923. The building was damaged by an earthquake in 1993 and was torn down. The court used the library and post office until the fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1997 to 1999 at a cost of $8,500,000.

 

County Government Center – Klamath Falls  

 

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Location:  305 Main Street / 3rd Street

Built:  1996 – 1998

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Kaplan. McLaughlin, Diaz Architects

Contractor:  Mark West Construction

 

Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Klmath Falls to the northwest of the courthouse. The southeast front has a concave glass section with entrance on the first story, vertical dividers between the large glass windows. The concave section reflects the projecting semi-circular front of the courthouse across the street. The roof line is flat. On the south side is the old Elk’s Temple built in 1915. The building is a three story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building faces southeast and was completed in 1915.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Klamath Falls

 

 

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Photos taken 2004 and 2015