I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and have lived here pretty much all my life except for a couple of years in China and a few months in western New York. This is my home. There's no other place that I'd rather live. In Cheryl's Northwest, I'll share some of my favorite places with you.
The Columbia County
Courthouse in Dayton, Washington, is a stately structure as befits its grandee
dame status among the state’s courthouses. County officials claim it is the
oldest working courthouse in the state, having been completed while Washington
was still a territory.
The county seat, Dayton, was
founded in 1871, but it wasn’t until 15 years later that construction of the
courthouse began. Until then, trials and county business were conducted in
rented hotel rooms. Construction costs
came in at $38,069, under the budget of $40,000/ Construction began in 1886,
with the county using it for the first time in 1887. Washington became a state
An ornate cupola tops the
building. The building is accented by bronze statues of a Blind Justice and
eagles. Two Civil War cannons stand in the front yard. The Blind Justice
statues were melted for scrap metal during World War II.
The courthouse, located at
341 East Main Street, has seen some remodeling over the years. It was placed on
the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.