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Oneida County

Oneida County is named for Oneida Lake in New York state from where early settlers were from, and which lake is named for the Oneida Native America tribe.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Power County and Bannock County

E – Bannock County and Franklin County

S – Cache County and Box Elder County

W – Cassia County

 

Created:  January 22, 1864                                                        Map of Idaho highlighting Oneida County

County Seat: 

Soda Springs  1864 – 1866

Malad City       1866 – present

 

County Courthouse – Malad City 

 

Location:  10 West Court Street / North 70 East

Built:  1938 – 1939

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Sundberg & Sundberg of Idaho Falls

Contractor:  Olson & Sons

 

Description:  The building  faces west and is a two story buff colored brick, steel and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Malad. The building has a raised basement.  The west front has five bays and a projecting center section with recessed entrance on the first story and large window on the second story. Cream colored terra cotta cast with foliate, bundled sheaf and zigzag designs decorates the fluted pillars on either side of the entrance. Horizontal bands run below the flat roof line. In the interior, there is a central hallway leading to a lateral rear hallway. There are red, green and black colored terrazzo floors and plaster walls with large scale ceiling molding. The stair rail is capped with yellow colored tiles and there are tiled water fountain insets. The second story has skylights and houses the courtroom. The building houses the County District Court and County Magistrate Court of the 6th Judicial District. The building is a Works Project Administration project. 

 

See:  The architect, Sundberg & Sundberg of Idaho Falls also designed the courthouses in Jefferson County and Jerome County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Oneida County Courthouse

 

See:  The 6th Judicial District includes Bannock CountyBear Lake CountyCaribou CountyFranklin County and Power County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1864 and Soda Springs (now in Caribou County ) was selected as the county seat. In 1866, the county seat was moved to Malad City. The county used rented premises. The first courthouse was a two story Italianate structure designed by Frank C Woods and built in 1881. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1938 to 1939 at a cost of $63,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Malad City

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2011