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A few more old mini-roadtrip photos, this time of the Crook County Courthouse out in Prineville. It looked like a cool old building, so I stopped and took a few photos. Actually I also stopped to check out a sort of art & craft fair in the park next door, but I ended up not buying anything or taking any photos of that.
A page at the Oregon State Archives describes the building thusly:
The first courthouse was a one story wooden structure at the corner of West 5th and Main Streets. In 1885 a two story wooden structure was built for $5,474. By 1905 this building was considered unsafe to store the county's records, and a $16,526 bid was accepted to erect a new, brick and stone courthouse. The building was completed in 1909, at a cost $48,590, and remodeled in the early 1990s with structural enhancements.
So it cost three times the original bid value. I'd call that a serious cost overrun. There's probably a fascinating and scandalous tale behind this, and I'd gladly pass it along if I knew what it was. But I don't, and I'm sorry. I could probably ask the local history museum if I was so inclined. I mean, unless it's a matter they don't discuss with outsiders.