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Blaine County

Blaine County is named for James G Blaine, who was the United States Secretary of State and a presidential candidate.       

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Saskatchewan, Canada

E – Phillips County

S – Fergus County

W – Chouteau County and Hill County

 

Created:   February 29, 1912                 Map of Montana highlighting Blaine County

County Seat: 

Chinook  1912 – present

 

County Courthouse – Chinook

 

Location:  420 Ohio Street / 4th Street

Built:  1913 – 1914

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  George H Shanley

Contractor:  Lease & Richards of Great Falls

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a three story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Chinook. The building has a raised basement. The west front has a central entrance framed with stone and a small canopy. A horizontal white colored band runs between the first and second stories and a cornice runs between the second and third stories and above the third story. There is a projecting north and south wing. In the interior, the County District Court courtroom is located at the center of the third story and has a skylight. The County Justice Court courtroom is located on the west side of the third story towards the south end. The building houses the County District Court of the 17th Judicial District and County Justice Court. An addition was added on the south side in 1980. The architect was E F Link and Associates of Billings and the contractor was Morgen and Oswood of Great Falls.

 

See:  The 17th Judicial District includes Blaine County, Phillips County and Valley County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1912 and Chinook was selected as the county seat. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1913 to 1914.

 

 

County Courthouse – Chinook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Justice Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Courthouse Addition – Chinook

 

 

Photos take 2009, 2016 and 2022