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Granite County

Granite County is named for Granite Peak, which is the highest point in Montana and which contained a silver mine named “Granite”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Missoula County

E – Powell County

S – Deer Lodge CountyBeaverhead County and Ravalli County

W – Ravalli County

 

Created:  March 2, 1893                         Map of Montana highlighting Granite County

County Seat: 

Philipsburg  1893 – present

 

County Courthouse – Philipsburg 

 

Location:  220 North Sansome Street / Kearney Street

Built:  1912 – 1913

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  John G Link and Charles S Haire of Billings

Contractor:  Gagnon & Company

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Philipsburg. The west front has a projecting center section with entrance on the first story and two columns rising to the top of the second story with a header rising to a peak above the roof line. A cornice runs below the roof line. On the center of the roof is a round dome with columns and silver roof. There is a small cupola at the top. The base is red Montana granite. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the 3rd Judicial Distric and County Justice Courtt. To the northeast is the Old County Jail built in 1896.

 

See:  The architect, John G Link of Montana ( in association with Charles S Haire  and others ) designed courthouses in Montana in Big Horn County, Carter County, Custer County, Dawson CountyMcCone County, Musselshell CountyRichland County, Rosebud County, Sheridan County and Silver Bow County; in Oregon in Jackson County and in Wyoming in Park CountySheridan County and Washakie County.

 

See:  The 3rd Judicial District includes Deer Lodge County, Granite County and Powell County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1893 and Philipsburg was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was housed in Morse Hall which was built by Colonel J W Morse in 1887 and converted to a courthouse in 1893. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1912 to 1913.

 

 

County Courthouse – Philipsburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Jail

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2009