Pacific County

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Pacific County is named for the Pacific Ocean which borders the county.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Grays Harbor County  

E – Lewis County

S – Wahkiakum CountyClatsop County, Oregon and Pacific Ocean

W – Pacific Ocean


Created:  February 4, 1851                    Map of Washington highlighting Pacific County

County Seat: 

Pacific City   1851 – 1853

Chinookville  1853 – 1855

Oysterville    1855 – 1893

South Bend  1893 – present


County Courthouse – South Bend

Location:  300 Memorial Avenue / Cowlitz Street

Built:  1910 – 1911

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  C Lewis Willson & Company of Seattle

Contractor:  Northwest Bridge Works

Description:  The building  faces northwest and is a two story cream colored stucco, brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds of Quality Hill in the center of South Bend. The north front has a high portico with four white columns rising to a rounded pediment at the roof line with peaked section behind. Along the roof line is a balustrade. The second story windows are arched. On the center of the roof is a large black colored dome. The interior is notable for its impressive central rotunda. The north or main entrance foyer is a brightly lit vestibule with a coffered ceiling. On the walls are fasces-framed panels containing naturalistic local scene paintings. Double circular stairs of cast iron are located in the rear foyer, on the opposite or southerly side of the rotunda, providing access to basement offices and to the courtroom, and offices on the second story. The large County Superior Court courtroom has an art-glass skylight situated at the center of the coved ceiling. Also on the second story is the small County District Court courtroom. On the north side is the County Jail constructed in 1983 to 1985.


See:  The architect C Lewis Willson & Company of Seattle also designed the courthouse in Franklin County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Pacific County Courthouse


See:  The Judicial District includes Wahkiakum County.


History:  The county was created in 1851 and Pacific City was designated as the county seat. The county seat was moved to Chinookville in 1853 where the first court met at Holeman’s Schoolhouse at Baker Bay ( Ilwaco ), a one room structure which served as the first courthouse. The county seat was moved to Oysterville in 1855. The court met in hotels until the second courthouse, a one story frame structure was built in 1863 and is still standing. The third courthouse was a two story frame structure, built in 1875 to 1876. The county seat was moved to South Bend in 1893. The county occupied the Bristol and Leonard Building on Water Street and the fourth courthouse was built by W B Murdock in 1894 on Quincy Street at a cost of $5,000. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1910 to 1911 at a cost of $132,000.




County Courthouse – South Bend






























County District Court courtroom













County Superior Court courtroom



















Picture 1876 County Courthouse at Oysterville

Photos taken 2012 and 2016