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Washakie County


Washakie County is named for the Washakie, who was leader of the Soshoni Native American tribe and who lived from 1804 to 1900.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Big Horn County

E – Johnson County

S – Natrona County and Fremont County

W – Hot Springs County and Park County


Created:  February 9, 1911                    Map of Wyoming highlighting Washakie County
County Seat:

Worland 1911 – present


County Courthouse – Worland


Location: 1000 Big Horn Avenue / North 10th Street

Built:  1936 – 1937
Style:  Art Deco
Architect:  J G Link & Son
Contractor:  Green Brothers Construction Company of Hastings, Nebraska

  The building faces south and is a three story buff-yellow colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Worland. The building has a raised basement. The south front has a projecting center section with a large stone framed entrance with glass rising to the second story. The east and west wings are two stories. In the interior, there are wide hallways and a central staircase. The County District Court courtroom is located on the north side of the second story. The County Circuit Court courtroom is located in the northwest corner of the second story. The building houses the County District Court and County Circuit Court of the 5th Judicial District. On the north side is the County Criminal Justice Facility ( Law Enforcement Center ) constructed in 1985. 


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 Sheridan County.


See:  The 5th Judicial District includes Big Horn CountyHot Springs County and Park County.


Old County Courthouse – Worland



Location: 709 Big Horn Avenue / 7th Street North

Built:  1916 – 1917
Style:  Commercial
Architect:  Unknown
Contractor:  Unknown

  The building faces south and is a two story buff-yellow colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building faces south and was completed in 1917. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Worland to the west of the courthouse. The south front has a recessed central entrance and glass windows on either side. The second story has rectangular windows. A low parapet runs along the flat roof line. The building is named as the Pulliam Block and served as the first courthouse from 1917 to 1937. It is now occupied by Janet’s Boutique. 


History:  The county was created in 1911 and Worland was selected as the county seat. The county rented premises and in 1917, a two story store was converted into the first courthouse. The building is still standing. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1936 to 1937 at a cost of $137,820.



County Courthouse – Worland 

















Chief Washakie, leader of the Soshoni Native American tribe statue





County District Court courtroom













County Circuit Court courtroom















County Criminal Justice Facility – Worland













Old County Courthouse – Worland







Photos taken 2009, 2013 and 2023