Monday, March 14, 2016

Scenic and stately: Wallowa County Courthouse

Wallowa County Courthouse
The Wallowa County courthouse is a stately three-story building that takes up an entire city block in Enterprise, Oregon.

Constructed in 1909-1910, the Victorian building is made from locally quarried stone. It was built and furnished for around $40,000, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.  Some modifications have been made over the years, and the building is still in use today as the seat of Wallowa County government.

Visitors on their way to Joseph and Wallowa Lake pass by the building located at 101 South River Street; the block also is known as Courthouse Square.

The building is surrounded by grass and a variety of trees. A gazebo occupies one corner of the square. An arch dedicated to the early pioneers stands in the northwest corner. A granite boulder in front of the courthouse holds a plaque with the names of local men killed in World War I on it; plaques to honor the deaf of World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars were added later.  The newest memorial, added in 2011, is the Fountain of Honor, which honors all U.S. military veterans.
Wallowa County is the northeastern most county in Oregon.