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Hood River County

Hood River County is named for the Hood River and Mount Hood, both named after Lord Samuel Hood, who served in the British Navy during the American Revolutionary War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Skamania County, Washington and Klickitat County, Washington

E – Wasco County

S – Wasco County

W – Clackamas County and Multnomah County


Created:  June 23, 1908                         Map of Oregon highlighting Hood River County

County Seat: 

Hood River 1908 – present


County Courthouse – Hood River


Location:  309 State Street / 3rd Street

Built:  1952 – 1954

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Roald Schmeeer & Harrington of Portland

Contractor:  George H Buckler


Description:  The building  faces north and is a three story white colored stucco and concrete structure. The building sits on a hill and overlooks Hood River to the north. The north front has a central entrance framed with stone and a large window above on the second and third stories. The roof line is flat.


Old County Courthouse – Hood River



Location:  301 Oak Street / 3rd Street

Built:  1923 – 1924

Style:  Egyptian

Architect:  A E Doyle of Portland

Contractor:  Hansen, Hammond & Clist.


Description:  The building  faces north and is a two story gray colored stone and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Hood River to the north of the courthouse. The north front has two large fluted columns with recessed rectangular porch. The roof line is flat. The building was used as the courthouse from 1937 to 1954 and as City Hall until the new City Hall was constructed. In 1937, the architect was R R Barlett and the contractor was J M Wright and L M Bentley.


Note:  Leslie and Truman Butler commissioned well-know Portland architect A E Doyle to design a bank for the Butler Banking Company, the business they founded in 1900. The Butler Bank went bankrupt in the 1930’s.


See:  The 7th Judicial District includes Gilliam CountySherman CountyWasco County and Wheeler County.


History:  The county was created in 1908 and Hood River was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was an old primary school building. The second courthouse in 1937 was a converted bank built in 1923 to 1924 at a cost of $75,000 and which is still standing. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1952 to 1954.



County Courthouse – Hood River













Old County Courthouse – Hood River



Photos taken 2012 and 2016