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Pondera County

Pondera County is named for the French word “pend d’oreille” meaning “ear pendant”, and was changed to the phonetic spelling.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Glacier County and Toole County

E – Liberty County and Choteau County

S – Teton County

W – Flathead County


Created:  February 17, 1919                  Map of Montana highlighting Pondera County

County Seat: 

Conrad   1919 – present


County Courthouse –  Conrad  


Location:  20 4th Avenue SW / South Virginia Street

Built:  1937 – 1938

Style: Art Deco

Architect:  A V McIver

Contractor:  Lease & Leigland


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Conrad. The building has a raised basement. The north front extends from the main building and rises three stories. The entrance has wide stairs and is framed with dark stone. Above the doorway is a gold eagle and above is a large glass panel. The roof line is flat. In the interior the building has Art Deco ornamentation. In the interior, the County Distict Court courtroom is located on the third story. The building houses the County District Court of the 9th Judicial District and County Justice Court. 


Old County Courthouse –  Conrad  


Location:  15 4th Avenue SW / South Virginia Street

Built:  1915 – 1916

Style: Classical

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The  building faces south and is a  two story buff colored brick structure. The building is in the center of Conrad on the north side of the courthouse. The south front has a central entrance and on the second story are three large arched windows. The roof line is flat. Inside, the second story is occupied by a large auditorium. The building served as the City Hall and then as the Courthouse until 1938. The building houses the Public Library.


History:  The county was created in 1919 and Conrad was designated as the county seat. The first courthouse was the City Hall built in 1915 to 1916. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1937 to 1938.



County Courthouse – Conrad











County District Court courtroom



Photos taken 2009