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”.



Created:  February 8, 1881

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 brick structure. 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 roof.


Old County Courthouse – Globe




Location:  NE – North Broad Street / East Oak Street

Built:  1905 – 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 structure. 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 centre 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.



N – Coconino County and Navajo County

E – Navajo County and Graham County

S – Pinal County

W – Pinal County, Maricopa County and Yavipai County