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Kittitas County

Kittitas County is named for the Kittitas Native American tribe who inhabited the Kittitas Valley.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Chelan County and Douglas County

E – Grant County

S – Yakima County

W – King County


Created:  November 24, 1883                Map of Washington highlighting Kittitas County

County Seat: 

Ellensburg 1883 – present


County Courthouse –  Ellensburg 


Location:  205 West 5th Avenue / North Main Street

Built:  1954 – 1955

Style:  Modern

Architect:  John W Maloney and John H Whitney

Contractor:  Cherf Bros., Inc. and Sandkey Contractors, Inc.


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Ellensburg. The south section is a rectangular shaped building with glass windows on the south and north sides. The east and west walls are black colored slate. The one story center section has the main entrance on the east side. The north building is one story and has white colored panels on the east side. In the interior, the large County Superior Court courtroom is located at the center of the second story in the south section. The County District Court courtroom is located on the west side of the first story in the south section.  The building houses the County Superior Court and the County District Court. 


History:  The county was created in 1883 and Ellensburg was designated as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story frame structure built by John Noah in 1887. An addition was constructed in 1904. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1954 to 1956.


Other District Courthouse


Upper County District Courthouse – Cle Elum



County Courthouse – Ellensburg











County Superior Court courtroom













County District Court courtroom 









Photos taken 2009 and 2022