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Boundary County

Boundary County is named for the proximity of the County to the Canadian border.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – British Columbia, Canada

E – Lincoln County, Montana

S – Bonner County

W – Bonner County and Pend Oreille County, Washington

 

Created:  January 15, 1915                                                        Map of Idaho highlighting Boundary County

County Seat: 

Bonners Ferry  1915 – present

 

County Courthouse – Bonners Ferry 

 

Location:  6452 Kootenai Street / 1st Street

Built:  1938 – 1940

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Whitehouse and Price of Spokane , Washington

Contractor:  Fletcher Martin / Clifford Hill – superintendent of construction.

 

Description:  The building  faces north and is a three story white-gray color concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Bonners Ferry. The building has a raised basement. The central entrance is recessed with a glass panel above. Between the second and third story windows on the front are several decorative panels. Those on the central three bays are bas relief scenes designed by Fletcher Martin. They depict logging, mining, and farming scenes. The center section of the building projects from the main building. The roof line is flat. The interior retains its gray-green color and brown colored terrazzo floor, rough plaster walls, and simple wood door surrounds and stair bannisters. The large County District Court courtroom is located on the north side of the third story. The small County Magistrate Court courtroom is located on the east side of the third story. The building houses the County District Court and County Magistrate Court of the 1st Judicial District. The building was a Works Progress Administration project (WPA). Clifford Hill was superintendent of construction.

 

See:  National; Register of Historic Places – Boundary County Courthouse

 

See:  The 1st Judicial District includes Benewah CountyBonner County, Kootenai County and Shoshone County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1915 and Bonners Ferry was selected as the county seat. The county purchased a converted wooden school and the West Hotel as the first courthouse in 1916. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1938 to 1940 at a cost of $100,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Bonners Ferry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Magistrate Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2009 and 2022