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Sherman County

Sherman County is named for William Tecumseh Sherman, who was a general during the American Civil War, educator and author.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Klickitat County, Washington

E – Gilliam County

S – Wasco County

W – Wasco County


Created:  February 25, 1889                  Map of Oregon highlighting Sherman County

County Seat: 

Wasco  1889 – 1892

Moro     1892 – present


County Courthouse – Moro


Location:  500 Court Street / 4th Street

Built:  1898 – 1899

Style:  Queen Anne

Architect:  Charles H Burggraf of Salem

Contractor:  A F Peterson of Corvallis


Description:  The building  faces southeast and is a two story red colored brick  structure. The building is located on spacious lasndscaped grounds in the center of Moro. The buildin is  “L” shaped with a south wing The east front has a central arched entrance on the first story with arched window above on the second story. On the southeast side is a large square tower rising three stories. The building has tall vertical windows. There is a hipped roof. The basement was added in 1935. Interior walls are finished with lath and plaster. Although overpainted with white enamel that reverses what originally was a dark-stained or natural-finished wood color key, much of the wood work is intact and includes bases and chair rails, bead-molded wainscot, cornice moldings, and a staircase with wainscot-filled railings and square newel posts with block caps and inset panels. The courtroom is located at the northeast side of the second story.


See:  The architect,  Charles H Burggraf of Salem and the contractor , A F Peterson of Corvallis designed and constructed the courthouse in Wheeler County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Sherman County Courthouse


History:  The county was created in 1889 and Wasco was designated as the county seat. The county seat was moved to Moro in 1892. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1898 to 1899.



County Courthouse – Moro







Photos taken 2012