Yakima County

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Yakima County is named for the Yakima Native American tribe and the word means “runaway” which is based on a native legend about a chief’s daughter from Moxie who fled from her home after breaking a tribal rule.


Created:  January 21, 1865

County Seat: 

Yakima  1865 – present


County Courthouse – Yakima 


Location:  128 North 2nd Street / East B Street

Built:  1963 – 1964

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Villevik & Smith

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building  faces north and is four story concrete and glass structure. There are horizontal orange colored panels between the windows and vertical pillars running to the flat roof line.


Note:  In 1906 the courthouse was designed by Newton & Gauntt and constructed by W W Felton. The previous courthouse was designed by Frassett & Gochmour in 1941.


County Administration – Yakima 




Location: 128 North 2nd Street / East B Street

Built:  1940 – 1941

Style:  Moderne

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building  faces  east and is a three story red-orange colored brick  structure. The building has a gray stone base. The roof line is flat.



N – Kittitas County

E – Grant County and Benton County 

S – Klickitat County

W – Skamania County, Lewis County and Pierce County














Photos taken 2006 and 2009