De Baca County is named for Ezequiel de Baca, who was the second governor of the state of New Mexico.
Created: February 28, 1917
Fort Sumner 1917 – present
County Courthouse – Fort Sumner
Location: 514 Avenue C / 5th Street
Built: 1929 – 1930
Style: Georgian Revival
Architect: Kerr & Walsh of Amarillo, Texas
Contractor: Axtell & Sperry of Roswell
Description: The building faces south and is a rectangular two story light red brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The south front has a Greek Classical portico. The roof is red colored title and the building sits on a concrete base. The building has a large murals on the second floor created by Russell Vernon Hunter. On the west side is a one story buff colored brick Community Service Center constructed in 1985. The architect was Pat McMurray, Architect and the contractor was Trademaster Construction Company
Note: The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $29,814.
See: National Register of Historic Places – De Baca County Courthouse
Old County Courthouse – Fort Sumner
Location: 786 4th Street / Avenue A
Built: 1917 – 1918
Description: The building faces east and is a rectangular two story light red colored brick structure. The building is located in the center of the city to the west of the courthouse. The roof line is flat. The building served as the courthouse until 1930 and is now The Art Gallery.
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County Community Service Center
Old County Courthouse
Old Fort Sumner – Bill the Kid grave
Photos taken 2007 and 2016