Harney County initially was part of Grant County, but the distance to the county seat in Canyon City, several days away by horse, influenced many citizens to petition for a more locally based government. Supporters circulated a bill in the legislature as early as 1887, but it was not until February 1889 that the state created Harney County out of the southern two-thirds of Grant.
Today Grant and Harney comprise the 24th Judicial District. Grant and Harney County’s Judicial District shares one elected judge:
- Robert S. Raschio, Presiding Judge
Burns serves as the county seat for Harney with the current courthouse having been completed in 1942. Canyon City serves as the county seat for Grant with the current courthouse having been completed in 1952. The courthouses share a common architectural design.
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