Colorado County is named for the Colorado River which flows through the county. Colorado is the Spanish word meaning “color red” describing the reddish brown water of the river.
Created: March 17, 1836
Columbus 1837 – present
County Courthouse – Columbus
Location: 400 Spring Street / Travis Street
Built: 1890 – 1891
Style: Renaissance Revival
Architect: Eugene Heiner
Contractor: Martin, Byrne & Johnston
Description: The building faces east and is a three story white and buff colored structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city and is constructed of buff colored brick and Belton stone. Built in the form of a Greek cross, each side had an extended section with entrance and high vertical windows on the second story. In the center of the building is a large round dome with clock and copper roof. The upper part of the building was rebuilt in 1909. The architect was F S Glover and the contractor was Thomas F Boulden. The entire building was remodeled in 1939. The building is being restored in 2013 to 2014. The architect is Chris Hutson of Volz O’Connell Hutson Architects of Austin and the contractor is Drymalla Construction Company Ltd. of Coulmbus.
Note: Previous courthouses were built in 1836, 1847 and 1855. In 1909 a tornado severely damaged the present courthouse. The large bell in cupola-clock tower fell 120 feet and was completely buried in the earth. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $55,000.
County Administration – Columbus
Location: 318 Spring Street / Travis Street
Built: 2009 – 2011
Architect: Cutright & Allen, Inc.
Contractor: Drymalla Construction Company Ltd. of Columbus
Description: The building faces south and is a one story buff colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located in the center of the city to the southeast of the courthouse. The south front has a recessed semi-circular entrance. The west side and west front of the building have red and green colored panels. The roof line is flat. The building is named as the County Courthouse Annex.
N – Austin County
E – Wharton County
W – Fayette County
Photos taken 2006, 2014 and 2017