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Custer County

Custer County is named for the General Custer Mine, which was named after General George Armstrong Custer, who was a United States Army officer and who died at the Battle of Little Big Horn.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Lemhi County

E – Butte County

S – Blaine County and Boise County

W – Valley County


Created:  January 8, 1881                                                          Map of Idaho highlighting Custer County

County Seat: 

Challis  1881 – present


County Courthouse – Challis 


Location:  801 East Main Street / 9th Street

Built:  1945 – 1946

Style:  Modern / Federal

Architect:  J F Novachek Architectural Engineer

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building  faces north and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Challis. The north front has a projecting canopy on the first story with the entrance being recessed. Stone trim frames the windows and entrance on the center of the building. The east and west wings are one story. The building has a flat roof line. In the interior, the County District Court courtroom is located on the north side of the second story. The building houses the County District Court and County Magistrate Court of the 7th Judicial District.  The building was remodeled in 1952 and completed in 1953.


See:  The 7th Judicial District includes Bingham CountyBonneville CountyButte CountyClark CountyFremont CountyJefferson County, Lemhi County, Madison County and Teton County.


History: The county was created in 1881 and Challis was selected as the county seat in 1881. The county used rented premises. The first courthouse was erected in 1922 along with a stone jail. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1945 to 1946.


Note:  The highest point in Idaho is Borah Peak at 12,662 feet ( 3859 meters ) which is located in the county.



County Courthouse – Challis





County District Court courtroom











Borah Peak – Chilly



Photos taken 2004 and 2009