Malheur County is named for the Malheur River, which was called the Riviere au Malheur or “Unfortunate River” by French-Canadian trappers whose property and furs were stolen from their river encampment.
Created: February 17, 1887
Vale 1887 – present
County Courthouse – Vale
Location: 251 B Street West / Court Street South
Built: 1957 – 1958
Architect: Roald.Schmeer & Harrington of Portland
Contractor: McCormack Construction Company
Description: The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The center section projects from the main building and is supported by six pillars on the first story with the entrance being recessed. The east and west wings have green panels above and below the windows. The roof line is flat.
Note: The previous courthouse was built in 1902.
N – Baker County
S – Humboldt County, Nevada
Photos taken 2009