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Morrow County

Morrow County is named for Jackson L Morrow, who was an early settler in the county.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Klickitat County, Washington and Benton County, Washington 

E – Umatilla County

S – Grant County

W – Wheeler County and Gilliam County


Created:  February 16, 1885                  Map of Oregon highlighting Morrow County

County Seat: 

Heppnes 1885 – present


County Courthouse – Heppner


Location:  100 Court Street / East May Street

Built:  1902 – 1903

Style:  American Renaissance

Architect:  Edgar M Lazarus

Contractor:  J K Carr ( superintendent )


Description:  The building  faces west and is a two story stone structure. The building sits on a hill overlooking the center of Heppner. The building is constructed with blue basalt which was quarried locally on the Osmin Ranch in Balm Fork Canyon. The trim rock is believed to have come from the Baker region in Eastern Oregon. The west front has a projecting center section with arched entrance on the first story. There are two statues above. Behind, rises a four story square clock tower with open cupola and clock at the top. The sloped roof has white colored dormers.


Note:  A number of contracts totaling $41,725 were awarded: Monterastelli Brothers and Frank Duprat (stone work), R C Wills (carpentry and plastering) J E Davis (steel vault), Pacific Electric Company (electri ), Gilliam & Bisbee (plumbing), Gardner & Kendall (heating) and Art Metal construction (fixtures).


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Morrow County Courthouse


History:  The county was created in 1885 and Heppner was selected as the county seat in 1886. The first courthouse was a two story wood frame structure erected by the citizens of Heppner in 1886. The second and present court was constructed in 1902 to 1903 at a cost of $56,969.



County Courthouse – Heppner







Photos taken 2012