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Sheridan County

 

Sheridan County is named for General Phillip Henry Sheridan, who was a Civil War hero.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Big Horn County, Montana and Powder River County, Montana

E – Campbell County

S – Johnson County

W – Big Horn County

 

Created:  March 9, 1888                         Map of Wyoming highlighting Sheridan County
County Seat:

Sheridan 1888 – present

 

Old County Courthouse – Sheridan

 

Location:  224 South Main Street / West Burkitt Street

Built:  1904 – 1905
Style:  Neo-Classical and Beaux Arts
Architect:  Link & McAllister
Contractor:  Ferguson and Pearson

Description:
  The building faces east and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds atop a low hill in the center of Sheridan. The building has a raised basement with rock faced foundation and the third story is an attic. The east front has two large Iconic columns rising to a header and pediment with circular window at the roof line. Above the entrance is an arched window. On the center of the roof is an octagonal dome with clock and green colored roof. The roof line is flat. In the interior there is a grand wooden staircase on the east side ascending to the second story where the County Circuit Court courtroom is located. The courtroom has a high ceiling extending into the third story, a third story gallery on the east side and a skylight under the dome. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 4th Judicial District. The building was renovated in 1984. The architect was Drake, Gustafson and Associates and the contractor was K W N Construction Company. The building is being renovated in 2022 to 2024. The architect is Cushing Terrell Architects of Billings, Montana and the contractor is Van Ewing Construction Inc. of Gillett. On the west side of the courthouse is the Old Sheriff’s Residence.

 

Note:  The contractor, Ferguson and Pearson, was a partnership between Frank Ferguson who eventually became the city building inspector, and N A Pearson, who was a State Senator.  Ferguson also worked as a carpenter in the construction of Fort Mackenzie.

 

See:  The architect, John G Link of Montana ( in association with Charles S Haire  and others ) designed courthouses in Montana in Big Horn County, Carter County, Custer County, Dawson County, Granite County, McCone County, Musselshell CountyRichland County, Rosebud County, Sheridan County and Silver Bow County; in Oregon in Jackson County and in Wyoming in Park County and Washakie County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Sheridan County Courthouse

 

County Courthouse – Sheridan

 

 

Location:  224 South Main Street / West Burkitt Street

Built:  1982 – 1983
Style:  Modern
Architect:  Drake, Gustafson and Associates
Contractor:  Fletcher Construction Company

Description:
  The building faces north and is four story buff colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds atop a low hill in the center of Sheridan on the north side of the old courthouse. The windows are horizontal with horizontal wide bands of black colored dividers. The roof line is flat. In the interior is a two story entrance lobby at the northeast corner. The two County District Court courtrooms are located on the north side of the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the 4th Judicial District. On the south side is the old courthouse and the Old Sheriff’s Residence.

 

See:  The 4th Judicial District includes Johnson County.

 

Old County Courthouse – Sheridan

 

 

Location:  191 North Main Street / East Alger Street

Built:  1891 – 1892
Style:  Romanesque
Architect:  H F Cady

Contractor:  H F Cady

Description:
  The building faces southwesr and is a two story buff colored stone and concrete structure. The building is located the center of Sheridan to the north of the courthouse. The building served as the opera house and as the third courthouse until 1899. The building originally has a third story which was removed after a fire in 1906. The County rented space in the building. 

 

Old County Courthouse – Sheridan

 

 

Location:  44 South Main Street / Work Street

Built:  Unknowm
Style:  Commercial
Architect:  Unknown
Contractor:  Unknown

Description:
  The building faces east and is a two story biff colored brick and concrete structure.

 

History:  The county was created in 1888 and Sheridan was selected as the county seat in 1889. The first county offices were located in the Sheridan Lodge, a two-story building at Brundage Street and Main Street, The offices were rented from Smith and Brundage for $60 per month. The building was later demolished. The second courthouse in 1889 was a brick building at 171 North Main Street built in 1888 to 1889 by Peter Demple at a rental of $700 per year for five years, but this agreement was broken. The third courthouse was located in a three-story building built in 1891 at North Main Street and East Alger Street, leased from H F Cady until 1897. This building was wired for electric lights and had a steam plant and is still standing. Delays in proceeding with a new courthouse led to leasing the fourth courthouse premises at 44 South Main Street which building is still standing. The fifth courthouse was constructed in 1904 to 1905 at a cost of $55,400. The old courthouse was renovated in 2022 to 2024 at a cost of $3,160,000. The sixth and present courthouse was constructed in 1980 to 1982.

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Sheridan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Courthouse – Sherodan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Sheriff’s Residence – Sheridan

 

 

Photos taken 2009 and 2023