A Short Introduction to the Site
The impressive three-story Teton County Courthous, standing in the middle of Main Avenue, is the historic center of Choteau and the hub of many governmental activities. Surrounded by nearly 100 year-old trees, this majestic stone edifice highlighted by its bell tower and grand staircases, was built in 1906 from locally-quarried sandstone taken from Rattlesnake Butte. It has been the backdrop for several movies, and embodies the timeless, inviting feeling one gets when in Choteau.
Full Description of the Historical Site or Museum
Teton County electors narrowly approved a $40,000 bond election in May 1905 to build and furnish a courthouse in the county seat of Choteau. Kalispell architects Joseph Gibson and George Shanley submitted the only plan. County Commissioners Ed Dennis of Choteau, William Cowgill of Dupuyer and Ed Bollerud of Farmington awarded the contract to Great Falls contractors, Lease and Richards, who built the courthouse on donated land between August 1905 and November 1906 at a cost of $27,795. The plumbing, electricity, plastering, and steam heating cost $4,300 extra. Purchased and refurbished furniture used up the balance of the proceeds of the 20-year bond. The native-stone building, its tower and two central wings have remained the same for 100 years. For that reason, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in November 2006. The Teton County Courthouse, along with the Flathead County Courthouse in Kalispell, are the only courthouses in Montana built at the center of a traffic circle. Note that Main Avenue, running north and south of the courthouse, was not laid out to true north, but to 30 degrees west of north. Enjoy your visit.
Open MonthsYear Around
Hours Open8:00am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday
Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark
The Teton County Courthouse is located at the junction of U.S. Highway 89 and 287 in Choteau, which is 24 miles northeast of Augusta, 52 miles northwest of Great Falls and an hour away from Glacier National Park.