Wallowa County

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Wallowa County is named for the Nez Perce word “wallowa” which designates a tripod of poles used to support fish nets.


Created:  February 11, 1887

County Seat: 

Enterprise 1887 – present


County Courthouse – Enterprise 


Location:  101 South River Street / East Main Street

Built:  1909 – 1910

Style:  Queen Anne and Romanesque

Architect:  Calvin R Thorton of La Grande

Contractor:  S R Haworth


Description:  The building  faces west and is a two story brown colored stone and concrete structure. The rectangular building is located on spacious landscaped grounds and is constructed of locally quarried Bowlby Stone. The west front has an arched entrance on the first story with a square tower rising four stories with an open cupola at the top. On either side of the tower are dormers. The north and south wings project from the main building and rise to peaked roofs with semi-circular skylights.


Note:  Calvin R Thorton and S R Haworth also designed and constructed the old courthouse in Union County.



N – Columbia County, Washington, Garfield County, Washington and Asotin County, Washington

E – Nez Perce County, Idaho, Idaho County, Idaho and Adams County, Idaho

S – Baker County and Union County

W – Union County and Umalilla County














Photos taken 2012