Esmeralda County is named for the Esmeralda Mining District which was named for possibly the character Esmeralda of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” or for the Spanish and Portuguese word for “emerald”.
Created: November 25, 1861
Aurora 1861 – 1883
Hawthorne 1883 – 1907
Goldfield 1907 – present
County Courthouse – Goldfield
Location: 233 Crook Street / Euclid Street
Built: 1907 – 1908
Architect: M J Curtis
Contractor: John Shea of Salt Lake City, Utah
Description: The building faces south and is a two story buff colored cut stone structure. The south front has a central entrance on the first story with a canopy above. The roof line is detailed with unique crenelated parapets on the east and west and with a high parapet in the center. The roof line is flat.
Note: The $79,833 construction bid for the courthouse was awarded to John Shea of Salt Lake City, Utah in July 1907.
E – Nye County
S – Inyo County, California
Photos taken 2002 and 2013