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Skamania County

Skamania County is named for a Chinookan Native American word meaning “swift water”.     


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Lewis County 

E – Yakima County and Klickitat County

S – Hood River County, Oregon and Multnomah County, Oregon

W – Clark County and Cowlitz County


Created:  March 9, 1854                         Map of Washington highlighting Skamania County

County Seat: 

Stevenson 1854 – present


County Courthouse – Stevenson


Location:  340 Vancouver Avenue / Russell Avenue

Built:  1948 – 1949

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Donald J Stewart

Contractor:  C L Beedle Construction, Company


Description:  The building  faces southeast and is a three story concrete and glass structure. The building ois located on spaciuos landscaped grounds on the slope of a hill in the center of Stevenson. The southeast front has an entrance on the west. There are columns along the central and east part of the first story with recessed wall. The second and third stories has horizontal windows. The westerly section projects from the main building and has projecting windows on the second and third stories. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Superior Court and the County District Court.


See:  The Judicial District includes Klickitat County.


History:  The county was created in 1854 and Lower Cascades was selected as the county seat. The county used the former quartermaster residence of Fort Cascade and then the port hospital. The county seat was moved to Stevenson in 1893. The county rented premises and the first courthouse was designed by Charles Burrggaf and built in 1903. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1948 to 1949.



County Courthouse – Stevenson










Photos taken 2012