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By Finn J.D. John
Chronicle Columnist 

OFFBEAT OREGON HISTORY:Klamath County's squabble over courthouses wasted $3.1 million


December 13, 2018

Image: U.S. Forest Service

Photo provided/ U.S. Forest Service The "winning" courthouse, in downtown Klamath Falls, as it appeared in 1922 on the eve of being opened.

Back in the early years of the Beaver State, the location of the county courthouse was a very big deal. There are stories of residents of one town stealing the county records from another in the dark of night in the struggle to be named County Seat.

But nowhere was the struggle for county supremacy more heated - and expensive - than in Klamath County.

Klamath County, in 1906, was exploding. The U.S. Bureau of the Interior had finished a dams and irrigation project that had turned thousands of acres of rugged rangeland into a lush, productive agrarian empire just as the railroad had arrive...

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