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Sweet Grass County

Sweet Grass County is named for the abundance of sweet grass in the county. 


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Wheatland County

E – Golden Valley County and Stillwater County

S – Stillwater County and Park County

W – Park County and Meagher County


Created:  March 5, 1895                         Map of Montana highlighting Sweet Grass County

County Seat: 

Big Timber  1895 – present


County Courthouse –  Big Timber 


Location:  200 West 1st Street / Hooper Street

Built:  1897 – 1898

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  F S Hornbeck

Contractor:  Anderson & Wagner


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a two story rusticated sandstone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Big Timber. The northeast front has an arched entrance in the center of the first story. There is an arched entrance on the south side. The building has a red colored roof. In the interior a wood staircase ascends to the second story. The County District Court courtroom is located on the northwest side of the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the 6th Judicial District and County Justice Court. The building was remodeled in 1928. The architect was John G Link Inc. of Billings. An addition was built on the southwest and northwest sides.


See:  The 6th Judicial District includes Park County and Sweet Grass County.


History:  The county was created in 1895 and Big Timber was selected as the county seat. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1897 to 1898 at a cost of $9,590.


County Administration Building –  Big Timber 



Location:  115 West 5th Avenue / Hooper Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces north and is a one story dark red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Big Timber and is called the Courthouse Annex. The north front has a glass panel entrance. The roof line is flat.



County Courthouse – Big Timber





































Commissioner Minutes – 1898



County Administration Building – Big Timber



Photos taken 2011, 2012 and 2022