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Uinta County

 

Uinta County is named for the Uinta Mountains which were named after the Uintah Native American Tribe.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Lincoln County

E – Sweetwater County

S – Summit County, Utah

W – Rich County, Utah

 

Created:  December 1, 1869                  Map of Wyoming highlighting Uinta County
County Seat:

Merrill       1869 – 1870

Evanston  1870 – present

 

County Courthouse – Evanston

 

Location:  225 9th Street / Main Street

Built:  1873 – 1874
Style:  High Victorian / Italianate
Architect:  Harvey Booth and William McDonald of Evanston
Contractor:  Harvey Booth and William McDonald of Evanston

Description: 
The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Evanston. The west front of the old “T” shaped courthouse has a high portico supported by two large Ionic sandstone columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The entrance is arched with stone trim and has a semi-circular fanlight over the front entrance. The roof is hipped and covered with ceramic tiles. The interior has a central stair hall, with offices flanking both sides. Ceiling and wall surfaces are pressed metal and plaster. Around the old courthouse is the modern “U” shaped section with a “U” shaped hallway extending up to the roof. On the second story, the County District Court courtroom is located at the southwest side of the second story. The County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the northwest side of the second story. The building houses the County District Court and County Circuit Court of the 3rd Judicial District. The jail was completed in 1873 and formed part of the courthouse built in 1873 to 1874. In 1887, a new jail was built by the Pauly Jail Building and Manufacturing Company of St. Louis. The jail portion of the courthouse was then converted into office space and a storage area. A building between the two was the jailer’s residence. The two story west Georgian Revival section was added in 1910. The architect was G A Graves and the contractor was W H Armstrong. In 1984 the north and south glass walled additions were constructed. The architect was Cornwall, Evans & Fife and the contractor was Overthrust Constructors, Inc.

 

Note:  The courthouse is the oldest courthouse in Wyoming still used as a courthouse. The second oldest courthouse is located in Johnson CountyThe contract for construction was awarded to Evanston residents Harvey Booth and William McDonald, the latter being also chairman of the four-man Board of County Commissioners. The jail was constructed first. William Durnford was the mason in charge of all brickwork and Thomas Widdop, also a brick mason, assisted in the construction. A man named McCook held the contract for carpentry work, and James Baguley, a skilled woodworker recently arrived from England, completed the interior work.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Uinta County Courthouse

 

See:  The 3rd Judicial District includes Lincoln County and Sweetwater County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1869 and Merrill near Fort Bridger was selected as the county seat. The county seat was moved to Evanston in 1870. The first and present courthouse was built in 1874. The cost of the 1887 jail was $10,000.The cost of the 1910 addition was $24,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Evanston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interior old courthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2009, 2013 and 2023