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Canadian County

Canadian County is named for the Canadian River, which was named by early French explores after Canada.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Blaine County and Kingfisher County

E – Oklahoma County 

S – Grady County and Caddo County

W – Caddo County and Blaine County


Created:  April 22, 1889                          Map of Oklahoma highlighting Canadian County

County Seat:

El Reno  1889 – present


County Courthouse ( Judicial Building ) – El Reno 


Location:  301 North Choctaw Avenue / West Rogers Street

Built:  1986 – 1988

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Nicex Sherman Lester Associates

Contractor:  J W Skaggs Construction Company Inc.


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete  structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of El Reno. The entrance is at the center of the south side with a recessed doorway. The windows are vertical and narrow. There is a wide overhang along the flat roof line. In the interior on the second story are the County District Court courtrooms and the Statue of Lady Justice from the first courthouse.  The building houses the County District Court of the 26th Judicial District. The building is named as the Judicial Building. On the south side are the Sheriff’s Office, Old County Stables and Old County Jail.


County Administration Building – El Reno 



Location:  201 North Choctaw Avenue / West Hayes Street

Built:  1961 – 1962

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hudgins-Thompson Bell & Associates

Contractor:  United Builders Inc.


Description:  The building faces east and is a one story buff-red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of El Reno to the south of the courthouse. The building is “U” shaped with the central entrance on the east side. The entrance has a raised flat roof with recessed doorway, and on either side are recessed sections with high horizontal windows. The building served as the second courthouse until 1988.


History:  The county was created in 1889 and El Reno was selected as the county seat. A one-story, frame livery stable served as the seat of county government until the first courthouse, a two story brick and stone structure was designed by designed by W J Riley and Solomon A Layton and constructed by Thomas O’Keefe and L F Kramer in 1903 to 1904. The second courthouse was constructed in 1961 to 1962 and is still standing as the County Administration Building. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1986 to 1988.



County Courthouse ( Judicial Building ) – El Reno





Statue of Lady Justice from first County Courthouse





County Administration – El Reno













Cornerstone 1903 County Courthouse



Old County Jail – El Reno





Old County Stables – El Reno







Photos taken 2010