Lewis County

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


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Grays Harbor County, Thurston County and Pierce County

E – Yakima County

S – Sakmania CountyCowlitz County and Wahkiakum County

W – Pacific County


Created:  December 19, 1845                Map of Washington highlighting Lewis County

County Seat: 

Claquato  1862

Chehalis   1873 – present


County Courthouse – Chehalis 


Location:  351 NW North Avenue / NW Chehalis Avenue

Built:  1925 – 1927

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  J DeForest Griffin

Contractor:  H J Settregen, E E Settregen and O F Settregen of Settregen Brothers of Portland, Oregon


Description:  The building  faces south and is a three story dark red colored brick n stone and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Chehalis. Stone trim decorates the corners and the base of the building. A stone band runs below the wide cornice below the roof line. The roof line is flat. Interior walls are plastering over terra cotta or gypsum stone, with California stucco in the corridors. A sculpted panel of Meriwether Lewis adorns the courthouse corridor. The original mahoganys trim is still in place and is carved to duplicate the plaster features. The second story has two cCounty Superior Court courtroom. The building was renovated from 1995 to 2002. The architect was Norman A Pfaff and the contractor was Schwiesow Construction.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Lewis County Courthouse


County Law and Justice Center – Chehalis 




Location:  345 West Main Street / SW Chehalis Avenue

Built:  1976 – 1977

Style:  Modern

Architect:  James Hubenthal

Contractor:  Leo Gilnett of Longview


Description:  The building  faces north and is a four story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Chehalis on the south side of the courthouse. The east section projects north to the street line. The roof iline is flat. The building houses the County District Court. An addition was constructed in 1995. In 2003, the building was renovated. The architect was Norman Ptaff.


History:  The county was created in 1845 and the county seat was not determined. The first county meetings were held at the home of Sidney Smith Ford at the junction of the Skookumchuck and Chehalis Rivers. The first court met at the cabin of John R Jackson in 1850. The court also met at Cowlitz Landing and at Newaukum Prairie. Claquato was selected as the county seat and John D Clinger built a two story structure as the first courthouse in 1862. The county seat was moved to Chehalis in 1873. The second courthouse was a frame structure built by W H Taylor & Sons of Olympia in 1874 at a cost of $3,000. The third courthouse was the three story brick Barrett Block built in 1891 by Eliza Saunders. In 1897, the county purchased the building for $6,500. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1925 to 1927 at a cost of $425,000. The County Law and Justice Center was constructed in 1977 to 1978.




County Courthouse - Chehalis 
















County Superior Court courtroom










County Law and Justice Center – Chehalia




Photos taken 2006 and 2012