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Toole County

Toole County is named for Joseph Toole, who was the first Governor of the State of Montana.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N  – Alberta, Canada

E – Liberty County

S – Pondera County

W – Glacier County


Created:   May 7, 1914                           Map of Montana highlighting Toole County

County Seat: 

Shelby   1914 – present


County Courthouse – Shelby  


Location:  226 1st Street South / Maple Avenue

Built:  1933 – 1934

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:   A V McIver of McIver & Cohagen Architects of Great Falls

Contractor:  Kleppe & Sletten of Great Falls


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building sits atop a sloping hill on the northeast side of the building on landscaped grounds in the center of Shelby. The northeast front has a projecting center section with the entrance framed in dark stone. Above the entrance are window panels. In the interior, central stairs ascend to the third story where the County District Court room is located in the center of the building. The courtroom is circular and has a circular lighting fixture and carved wood decoration. The building houses the County District Court of the 9th Judicial District and County Justice Court.


History:  The county was created in 1914 and Shelby was selected as the county seat. The county used rented premises. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1933 to 1934.



County Courthouse – Shelby



















County District Court courtroom















View from County Courthouse

Photos taken 2009 and 2022