Lincoln County Courthouse - Davenport, WA
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N 47° 39.315 W 118° 08.876
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Quick Description: Davenport was voted the Lincoln County seat in 1896 and quickly got to work building a courthouse.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 1/6/2019 11:56:53 PM
Waymark Code: WMZV4H
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Sneakin Deacon
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Long Description:
Completed in 1897, the courthouse soon proved inadequate, the north half being added in 1906. The cornerstone in the front, older half, of the courthouse, however, is dated 1906. When Lincoln county was created in 1883 Davenport was designated the county seat though its largest town was Sprague. After a vote, Davenport lost its status as county seat, but, in 1895 the town of Sprague was levelled by a fire. This led to the county seat's return to Davenport, where it remains today.

A timeline affixed to the building mentions that the courthouse was modernized in 1938, and terrazzo floors installed, at a cost of $49,000, quite a lot when one considers that the 1897 building cost only $12,000. We have yet to find reference to this being a WPA project. It also mentions that an arson fire burned the second storey and roof but the building was fully restored for its centennial in 1996.

Map goes Here Built of buff brick with stone and terra cotta trim, the Lincoln County courthouse has a hybrid character, its entry portico and cupola taken from copy books illustrating au courant Colonial Revival components, while the second floor fenestration suggests an origin in the Richardsonian Romanesque style popular for county courthouses across the US.
From Washington State

The County Seat
The territorial legislature created Lincoln County on November 1, 1883, naming Davenport as temporary county seat. This spurred a fight with the (then) much larger town of Sprague -- Davenport's few buildings had barely been constructed, and the nearest rail line was 30 miles away. Spragueans fumingly bore the slight for one year, then emerged victorious when the county seat question was put to the ballot in 1884. Davenporters at first refused to relinquish their years-worth of official records, but eventually were forced to do so by a raiding party from their rival town.

Sweet revenge came in 1896 when Davenport -- by then clearly the major town in Lincoln County -- regained the seat. Sprague had recently suffered a major conflagration that had nearly taken the town. (County records were spared) Davenport residents built a fine courthouse and county jail, and Sprague released the records.

The Lincoln County Courthouse, built high on the bluff overlooking Davenport in 1897, was an important center for all Lincoln County residents. Despite the removal of the iron fence surrounding its grounds to aid the war effort during World War II, the imposing courthouse building continued to serve county residents until the night of December 21, 1995, when it was gutted by fire. A local teen admitted setting the blaze and served a prison term. The courthouse was painstakingly restored to its original exterior appearance (including replacing the iron fence that sets off the lush grounds surrounding the building), and modernized in its interior. It reopened with fanfare only one year after the arson incident.
From History Link

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Year Built: 1897, 1906

Current Use of Building: Courthouse

Level of Courts: County

Architect: John Kennedy Dow

Dates this building was used to house judicial proceedings: 1897-present

Physical Address:
406 Sinclair Street
Davenport, WA 99122

Monday 9:00am – 3:00pm
Tuesday -Thursday 9:00am-4:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 12:00pm

Related Website: [Web Link]

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