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Cascade County

Cascade County is named for the Great Falls of the Missouri River which are located in the county.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Teton County and Choteau County

E – Choteau County and Judith Basin County

S – Meagher County

W – Lewis and Clark County


Created:  September 12, 1887               Map of Montana highlighting Cascade County

County Seat: 

Great Falls  1887 – present


County Courthouse – Great Falls


Location:  415 2nd Avenue North / 4th Street North

Built:  1901 – 1902

Style:  French Renaissance and Beaux Arts

Architect:  H N Black & Frank Longstaff

Contractor:  Lease & Richards of Great Falls.


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story buff colored sandstone block and concrete structure with slight modifications. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Great Falls. On the south side, the columns are solid Tennessee marble rising to the roofline. In the center of the building is a round stone tower with dark green colored copper roof and Statue of Justice. The east and west project from the main building. The interior of the building remains mostly unaltered except for dropped, acoustical tiled ceilings covering updated mechanical and electrical systems, aluminum doors at all entrances, and wood paneling in some offices throughout the building. The floors at the rotunda are the original mosaic tile. Four marble niches are located at the second level rotunda piers. Beveled glass windows light the handsome stair which features an ornate, iron balustrade and marble treads. The opening at the apex of the inner dome reveals the inside of the taller dome which is painted to represent the blue sky with such skill as to give the effect of great height and di stance. The columns lining the rotunda are of Tennessee marble and the craftsmen’s skill is displayed in the beautiful mouldings and detailing throughout the structure. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the 8th Judicial District and County Justice Court.. 


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Cascade County Courthouse


History:  The county was created in 1887 and Great Falls was selected as the county seat, The county offices were housed in a group of downtown premises including the Grand Hotel at Central Avenue and 5th Street for fifteen years. The county offices moved to 1st Avenue North and 3rd Street. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1901 to 1903



County Courthouse – Great Falls



































Photos taken 2006, 2009 and 2016