Colfax County

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Colfax

Colfax County was named for Schuyler Colfax, who was Vice President of the United States when the county was created.


Created:  January 25, 1869

County Seat:

Elizabethtown  1869 – 1872

Cimarron          1872 – 1882

Springer           1882 – 1897

Raton               1897 – present

 

County Courthouse – Raton

 

Location:   230 North 3rd Street / Clark Avenue

Built:  1936 – 1937

Style:   Art Deco

Architect:  Towne & Funk and R W Vorhees

Contractor:  W Frank Little Construction Company

 

Description: The building faces east and is a five story light colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds. The east front had white stone around the entrance arch. Area ranch cattle brands decorate the area above the entrance. Embellishments include glazed tile cornices, bas-reliefs depicting local farming, mining & cattle raising. The fifth story is recessed. The roof line has white stone trim and there is a chipped-tile roof on top story and flat roofs on lower areas. The interior has Terrazzo floors and tile wainscoating. The building was a Works Progress Administration project. 

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in Cimarron in 1870. The next courthouse was built in Springer in 1881. The previous courthouse was designed by Rapp and constructed by Morris Contracting & Manufacturing Company in 1898 in Raton.

 

County Justice Center – Raton

 

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Location:   1413 South 2nd Street / Kearney Street

Built:  2008 – 2010

Style:   Modern

Architect:  Rohde May Keller McNamara Architecture

Contractor:  Michael S Rich Contractors, Inc.

 

Description: The building faces west and is a two story black colored concrete and glass structure. The building is rectangular with the entrance on the south side with a large canopy on the west and a sloped roof atop columns on the east. Beside the entrance is a high black colored section rising above the roof line. The building is named as the Leon Karelitz Judicial Center. 

 

Old County Courthouse – Springer

 

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Location:   614 Maxwell Avenue / 6th Street

Built:  1881 – 1882

Style:  Second Empire

Architect:  R M Vorhees

Contractor:  Local labor and trades

 

Description: The building faces west and is a two story white colored brick and wood frame structure. The building faces east and was completed in 1882. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. The west front has a three story tower with central entrance on the first story. The roof is hipped. The foundation is exposed stone. The rear has a small brick extension which served as the jail. The building now houses a museum devoted to the Santa Fe Trail..

 

Note:  The cost of construction was $15,000.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Colfax County Courthouse – Springer

 

Courthouses: 

N – Costilla County, Colorado and Las Aminas County, Colorado  

E – Union County

S – Harding County and Mora County

W – Taos County

 

 

 

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Old Courtroom

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2016