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
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.
Interior of dome
Hat rack under courtroom seat
Photos taken 2006, 2007 and 2019