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Golden Valley County

Golden Valley County is named for the Golden Valley Land and Cattle Company.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – McKenzie County

E – Billings County

S – Slope County

W – Fallon County, Montana and Wibaux County, Montana


Created:  November 19, 1912                Map of North Dakota highlighting Golden Valley County

County Seat: 

Beach  1912 – present


County Courthouse – Beach


Location:  150 1st Avenue SE / 1st Street South

Built:  1923 – 1924

Style:  Prairie / Federalist Revival

Architect:  W E Deitrich

Contractor:  A J Weinberger


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story dark red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Beach The west west front has a projecting section with the entrance framed in white colored concrete and rising to a hipped roof. The prominent entry bay is decorated with features from the Federalist revival style: double wooden pilasters stand beneath an ornamental wooden entablature; two pairs of brick pilasters separated by a large window and capped by an arch form a Palladian window; and a broken pedimented gable is at the summit. Horizontal white colored bands run below the windows and a wide band runs below the roof line. In the interior double stairs ascend to the second story. The County District Court courtroom is located on the north sides of the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the Southwest Judicial District. In 2013, an addition housing stairs and washrooms was constructed on the east side. The architect was Hulsing and Associates of Dickinson and the contractor was Ainsworth-Benning Construction, Inc. of Spearfish, South Dakota.



See:  The other Federalist Revival style courthouse in North Dakota is located in Logan County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Golden Valley County Courthouse


See:  The Southwest Judicial District includes Adams County, Billings CountyBowman County, Dunn CountyHettinger CountySlope County and Stark County.


History:  The county was created in 1912 and Beach was selected as the county seat. The count rented offices. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1923 to 1924.



County Courthouse – Beach















County District Court courtroom











Jury Room







County Courthouse Addition





County Courthouse Addition under construction 2013



Photos taken 2009, 2013 and 2022