Stanislaus County

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Stanislaus County is named for the Stanislaus River, which was named for a Yokut Indian called “Estanislao”.


Created:  April 1, 1854 

County Seat: 

Adamsville      1854 – 1855

Empire City     1855 – 1856

La Grange      1856 – 1861

Knights Ferry  1861 – 1871

Modesto          1871 – present


County Courthouse – Modesto  


Location:  800 11th Street / H Street

Built:  1959 – 1960

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Mitchell Van Bourg & Associates

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story yellow colored concrete structure. The west front has a central entrance with glass panels. On the south side, the projecting section has narrow horizontal windows and vertical dividers. On the north side the projecting section has horizontal windows with green colored vertical shutters. The roof line is flat. On the east side is the Hall of Records.


See:  The architect, Mitchell Van Bourg also designed the courthouse in Humboldt County.


Note:  The first courthouse was built at Adamsville in 1854, second courthouse at Empire City in 1855, third courthouse at La Grange in 1856 and fourth courthouse at Knights Ferry in 1861. The fifth courthouse was constructed in Modesto in 1872.


County Hall of Records – Modesto  




Location:  1100 I Street / 12th Street

Built:  1937 – 1938

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Russell Guerne Delappe

Contractor:  Dinwiddie Construction Company.


Description:  The building faces north and is a four story concrete and glass structure. The east section rises four stories with a central entrance. The windows are horizontal with green shutters. On the west side is a long two story section. The roof line is flat. There are landscaped grounds along the north side. The building is connected to the courthouse on the west side.



N – Alameda County and San Joaquin County

E – Calaveras County, Tuolumne County and Mariposa County 

S – Merced County

W – Santa Clara County






































Photos taken 2013