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Columbia County Courthouse
341 East Main Street
Dayton, Washington 99328
Voice: 509-697-5545

Columbia County Courthouse is the oldest courthouse in the State of Washington. It was built in 1887 and its historical architectural heritage has been preserved through a determined restoration effort.

On the ground floor is the Columbia County Communications Center and the Sheriff's Department. The jail facilities are the brig of a ship that was placed on the foundation and the courthouse was built around it. The restoration included as much of the original building as possible. The front and back steps are original and were cast from iron in Walla Walla.

The second floor has the offices of the Auditor, Treasurer, Assessor, and Superior Court. There are many authentic photographs on the walls.

The third floor has the District/Municipal Court, the County Commissioners' Office and one of the most extraordinary and beautiful courtrooms to be found. Court is usually held two or three times a week. Restoration of the courtroom included the return of the original configuration of the courtroom, complete with balconies and cove ceilings. The balconies are open for public use. The clock, judge's bench, jury chairs and benches are all original.

In 1915, two civil War cannons arrived from the United States War Department and were placed on display in the front courtyard on either side of the walkway.

The Columbia County courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.



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