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Teton County

Teton County is named for the Teton Range, which is named for the French word “teton” meaning “beast”.

 

Surrouinding County Courthouses: 

N – Pondera County

E – Choteau County

S – Cascade County and Lewis and Clark County

W – Lewis and Clark County and Flathead County

 

Created:   February 7, 1893                   Map of Montana highlighting Teton County

County Seat: 

Choteau   1893 – present

 

County Courthouse – Choteau  

 

Location:  101 Main Avenue / Division Street

Built:  1905 – 1906

Style:  Renaissance Revival

Architect:  John Gibson of Kalispell and George Shanley

Contractor:   Lease and Richards of Great Falls

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story gray colored sandstone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Choteau. The north front has a large square sandstone tower rising four stories with a steep roof. The fourth story has an open section with columns. On the first story, there is a large arch with recessed entrance. The courtroom is located on the third story. There are small east and west one story wings. In the interior, there are original handrails, banisters, stairs, stair posts, vault doors and wainscoting. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the 9th Judicial District and County Justice Court. The architect was John Gibson of Kalispell and George Shanley and the contractor was Lease and Richards of Great Falls. An addition was constructed in 1915. The architect was George Shanley and the contractor was Fred S Doerge.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Teton County Courthouse

 

History:  The county was created in 1893 and Choteau was selected as the county seat. A building constructed by W F Burgy was rented as the first courthouse. The building was condemned in March 1897 and burned down. The commissioners then rented rooms from William Hodgskiss until the second and present courthouse was constructed in 1905 to 1906 at a cost of $30,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Choteau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2009