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Lake County

Lake County is named for Flathead Lake which lake is located in the north part of the county.  


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Flathead County

E – Flathead County and Missoula County

S – Missoula County

W – Sanders County and Flathead County


Created:   May 11, 1923                         Map of Montana highlighting Lake County

County Seat: 

Polson  1923 – present


County Courthouse – Polson 


Location:  12 5th Avenue / 1st Street East

Built:  1935 – 1936

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Fred A Brinkman

Contractor:  A R Elliott


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Polson. The building has a raised basement. The north front has a projecting center section framing the entrance on the first story and vertical windows on the third story. Large Art Deco style lamps are located on either side of the entrance. There is decoration along the top of the center section and behind on the main building. The roof line is flat. In the interior on the third story, the County District Courtroom is located at the northwest corner and the County Justice Court courtroom is located on the east side. The building houses the County District Court of the 20th Judicial District and County Justice Court. On the south side is a three story red colored brick and concrete addition constructed in 1975 with square shaped atrium rising to a tower with windows on the third story. The architect was Hefty & McDonald and the contractor was Quality Construction Company.


See:  The 20th Judicial District includes Lake County and Sanders County.


History The county was created in 1923 and Polson was selected as the county seat. The county probably rented office premises. The first and only courthouse was constructed in 1935 to 1936. An Addition was constructed in 1975.



County Courthouse – Polson













County Justice Court courtroom









Courthouse Addition











Photos taken 2009 and 2022