Eddy County

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Eddy

Eddy County is named for Charles B Eddy, who was a rancher in southeastern New Mexico during the last decades of the 19th century.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Chaves County

E – Lea County

S – Loving County, Texas, Reeves,County, Texas and Culberson County, Texas

W – Otero County and Chaves County

 

Created:  February 25, 1889                  Map of New Mexico highlighting Eddy County

County Seat: 

Carlsbad  1889 – present

 

County Courthouse – Carlsbad  

 

Location:  100 North Canal Street / East Mermod Street

Built:  1890 – 1891

Style:  Spanish Pueblo

Architect:  Witt Brothers

Contractor:  Witt Brothers

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story yellow colored stucco and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Carlsbad. The building is tired with a recessed third story. The roof line is flat. The building houses the District Court of the 5th Judicial District. First erected as a Victorian style building, the east wing was completed in 1914. The architect was I H Rapp and the contractor was Campbell Brothers. From 1937 to 1939, the building was completely remodeled to the current Spanish Pueblo style. The architect was R W Vorhees and the contractor was Lembke Construction Company of Albuquerque. The building was renovated in 1975. The architect was Art Gorrell. Further renovation were done by Courson Construction in 1990. From 2000 to 2002, another major remodeling added the north entrance and a Pueblo style portico with a simulated river was constructed.

 

History:  The county was created in 1889 and Carlsbad was selected as the county seat. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1890 to 1891 at a cost of $21,000. The cost to construct the east wing in 1914 was $38,212. The cost of remodeling the courthouse in 1937 was $184,000. The cost of the 1975 renovation was $448,644.

 

Note:  The lowest point in New Mexico is Red Bluff Reservoir at 5,701 feet ( 1741 meters ) which is located in the county.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Carlsbad

 

 

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Cattle brands

 

 

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Administration Building – Carlsbad

 

 

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2019