Union County

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Union County was formed from the eastern portions of Colfax, Mora and San Miguel Counties, and was named for that formation of “union”.

 

Created:  February 23, 1893

County Seat:

Clayton  1893 – present

 

County Courthouse – Clayton  

 

Location:  200 Court Street / South 2nd Avenue

Built:  1909 – 1910

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  D P Kaufman and Son

Contractor:  J W Wooten and N V Bundy.

 

Description: The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of the city. On the center of the roof is a large white colored octagonal dome with white colored roof. On the north front are four large white colored columns rising to the top of the second story with a red colored brick parapet above. Stone trim decorates the corners of the building. The large courtroom is located on the south side of the second story. A narrow stairway ascends to the dome.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was designed by Isaac Rapp and constructed by John Hill in 1894 to 1895 and was damaged by a tornado in 1908. The second and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $30,000. The courthouse is the oldest county courthouse in New Mexico in continuous use.

 

Courthouses: 

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

E – Cimarron County, Oklahoma, Dallam County, Texas and Hartley County, Texas

S – Quay County and Harding County

W – Harding County and Colfax County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Interior of dome

 

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Hat rack under courtroom seat

 

 

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Photos taken 2006, 2007 and 2019