Butte County

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Butte County is named for Sutter Butte, which was mistakenly thought to be within the borders of the county.


Created:  February 18, 1850

County Seat: 

Hamilton  1850 – 12853

Bidwell     1853 – 1856

Oroville    1856 – present


County Courthouse – Oroville  


Location:  One Court Street / County Center Drive

Built:  1995 – 1996

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Michael Ross, Charles Drulis and Dreyfus & Blackford

Contractor:  Ginno Construction, Inc. of Chico


Description:  The building faces south and is a one story concrete and glass structure. The southeast corner has an octagonal section with octagonal porch supported by concrete pillars and with recessed glass panel walls. There is a south wing and an east wing.  The roof line is flat.


County Administration – Oroville  




Location:  25 Court Street / County Center Drive

Built:  1978 – 1979

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Thomas A Tarman, Gene McFarren and Thomas C Fox

Contractor:  Fisher Construction


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story concrete and glass structure. The east front has a central glass entrance on the second story. The first story is below ground level with large recessed glass windows on the east side. The south side has horizontal recessed windows on the second story. The roof line is flat.  The courthouse is located on the west side.


Old County Courthouse – Oroville  




Location:  1859 Bird Street / Lincoln Street

Built:  1856 – 1857

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Reinhart, Bryan & Cook

Contractor:  Reinhart, Bryan & Cook


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story white colored stucco and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The north front of the rectangular building has a central entrance which is recessed and there are small windows on both sides. The roof line is flat. The building was remodeled in 1919 and in 1951 creating the Art Deco style appearance. The building now houses the Board of Education.


Note:  The contract for the original courthouse was $13,585.


Other Branch Courthouses


Chico  ( North Courthouse )



N – Tehama County

E – Plumas County

S – Yuba County and Sutter County

W – Colusa County and Glenn County






County Courthouse

























Old County Courthouse







Photos taken 2013