Clark County

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Clark County is named for William Clark, who was the co-captain of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Created:  June 27, 1844

County Seat: 

Vancouver 1845 – present

County Courthouse – Vancouver

Location:  1200 Franklin Street / West 13th Street

Built:  1940 – 1941

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Walter Day Hilborn of Vancouver

Contractor:  Ross B Hammond Company


Description:  The building  faces east and is a five story pink colored stucco and concrete structure. The east front has a two story recessed section in the center with the main entrance projecting from the building on the first story. Above is a sculpture of the “voyageurs”. The building recesses in tiers. There are vertical dividers between the windows. The roof line is flat. On the west side and connected by a sky bridge is the Clark County Corrections Center constructed from 1982 to 1983. The architect was Nelson, Walla, Dolle & Company of Vancouver and  Henningson, Durham & Richardson of Dallas, Texas and the contractor was Gilnett Construction Company of Longview.


Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by W A Ritchie and built in 1892.



N – Cowlitz County

E – Skmania County

S – Multnomah County, Oregon and Columbia County, Oregon

W – Columbia County, Oregon




















Photos taken 2012