Sierra County

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Sierra County is named for the Sierra de los Caballos mountains which are located in the county.

 

Created:  April 3, 1884

County Seat: 

Hillsboro                                                 1884 – 1937

Truth or Consequences ( Hot Springs ) 1937 – present

 

County Courthouse – Truth or Consequences

 

Location:  300 North Date Street / East 3rd Avenue

Built:  1938 – 1939

Style:  Spanish Colonial

Architect:  Wilfred Steadman of Santa Fe

Contractor:  C S Lambie & Company

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story white colored stucco structure. The building is constructed in a territorial style of Spanish architecture. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. There are one story wings on the northwest and southwest sides. The building was a Work Projects Administration project. An addition was added in 2007. The architect was Arsed & Lopez Engineering Inc. and NCA Architects and the contractor was White Sands Construction.

 

See:  The contractor C S Lambie & Company constructed courthouses in Quay County and Roosevelt County.and in Texas in Childress County, Gregg CountyHutchinson CountyMoore CountyPotter County and Ward County.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in Hillsboro in 1884. The building ruins still remain. The second and present courthouse was constructed in Truth or Consequences when the county seat was moved.

 

County Administration – Truth or Consequences

 

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Location:  100 North Date Street / East 1st Avenue

Built:  1922 – 1923

Style:  Spanish Colonial

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story cream colored stucco and concrete structure. The building is constructed in a territorial style of Spanish architecture. The building is located to the south of the courthouse and was a Public School. The center section has a central recessed entrance with the upper wall rising to a point. The roof has red colored tiles. Wings were constructed on the north and south sides in 1937. Murals decorate the walls.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Catron County and Socorro County

E – Lincoln County and Otero County

S – Dona Ana County and  Luna County

W – Grant County and Catron County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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County Administration Building

 

 

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Old 1884 County Courthouse Ruins

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2019