Gila County

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Gila County is named for the Gila River which flows through the county, and which river was named for the Spanish contraction of “Hah-quah-sa-eel”, a Yuma word meaning “running water which is salty”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Coconino County and Navajo County

E – Navajo County and Graham County

S – Pinal County

W – Pinal CountyMaricopa County and Yavipai County



Created:  February 8, 1881                    Map of Arizona highlighting Gila County

County Seat:        

Globe  1881 – present


County Courthouse – Globe


Location:  1400 East Ash Street / East Monroe Street

Built:  1976 – 1977

Style: Modern

Architect:  Anne Nicholas Rysdale

Contractor:   Lawrence, Hickey & Sons Inc.


Description:  The building faces north and  is a two story buff colored brick and concrete  structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the southeast of the center of Globe. The front of the building forms a single story connected to the two story south section. The entrance has four brick arches with an open courtyard behind. On the east side is a large arched glass window. The south side of the building has large arched glass windows towards the east side. The building has a black colored roof. The building houses the County Superior Court of Division II and County Justice Court (Globe Regional).


Old County Courthouse – Globe




Location:  NE – North Broad Street / East Oak Street

Built:  1906 – 1907

Style: Beaux Arts

Architect:  W R Norton

Contractor:  Stone masons working on the Roosevelt Dam


Description:  The building faces west and is a three story brown stone and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Globe. The building has steep steps on the west front leading up to the single entrance doorway. On the third story are circular windows with cream-white trim. The upper center portion of the building is a raised cream-white faced section. The courtroom was located on the third floor. The building remained vacant from 1976 to 1884 and is now the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts. On the east side is the old County Jail.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Gilka County Courthouse


See:  Division II Tuscon includes Cochise County, Graham CountyGreenlee County, Pima County, Pinal County and Santa Cruz County


History:  The county was created in 1881 and Globe was selected as the county seat. The county rented premises and the first courthouse was a square, two-story stone building with a hipped roof built in 1888. The second courthouse was constructed in 1906 to 1907. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1976 to 1977.




County Courthouse – Globe
















Old County Courthouse – Globe










Photos taken 2008