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Clark County

Clark County is named for William Clark, who was the co-captain of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Cowlitz County

E – Skmania County

S – Multnomah County, Oregon and Columbia County, Oregon

W – Columbia County, Oregon

Created:  June 27, 1844                         Map of Washington highlighting Clark County

County Seat: 

Vancouver 1845 – present

County Courthouse – Vancouver

Location:  1200 Franklin Street / West 13th Street

Built:  1940 – 1941

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Walter Day Hilborn of Vancouver

Contractor:  Ross B Hammond Company


Description:  The building  faces east and is a six story pink colored stucco and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds on the north side of the center of Vancouver. The building is constructed with reinforced concrete. The east front has a two story recessed section in the center with the main entrance on the first story. Above is a sculpture of the “voyageurs”. The building recesses in tiers. The roof line is flat. The building has fifteen courtrooms with the original two courtrooms on the fourth story. On the west side and connected by a sky bridge is the Clark County Corrections Center constructed from 1982 to 1983. The architect was Nelson, Walla, Dolle & Company of Vancouver and Henningson, Durham & Richardson of Dallas, Texas and the contractor was Gilnett Construction Company of Longview.


 Note:  The County Juvenile Justice Center is located: 500 West 11th Street /on the east side of the courthouse.


History:  The county was created in 1844 and Vancouver was selected as the county seat in 1845. The first courthouse was a two story structure built in 1855 at 9th Street and Reserve Street. The second courthouse was a three story structure built in 1883 at 11th Street and Franklin Street. The courthouse burned in 1890. The third courthouse was a red colored brick structure designed by W A Ritchie in 1892, The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1941 to 1942 at a cost of $546,000.



County Courthouse – Vancouver











Photos taken 2012