Santa Cruz County

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz County is named for the Santa Cruz River and the Spanish for “santa” is “saint” and for “cruz” is “cross”.


Created:  March 15, 1899

County Seat:        

Nogales  1899 – present


County Courthouse – Nogales


Location:   2150 North Congress Drive ( north end )

Built:  1987 – 1988

Style: Modern

Architect:  R C Hanson & Associates of Tucson

Contractor:  Trademark Construction Team of Yuma


Description:  The building faces south and is a one story yellow colored stucco, concrete and glass Pueblo structure. The building sits atop a hill. The entrance has a peaked roof and large square pillars support the roofline with the windows being recessed.


Old County Courthouse – Nogales


Location:  21 East Court Street / North Morley Avenue

Built:  1902 – 1904

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  James Vendervort

Contractor:  Trost and Rust


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story rough faced native limestone structure. The building sits atop a steep slope. The west portico rises to the pediment at the roofline and is supported by for large stone columns. The second story windows are arched. A high white balustrade is situate above the white cornice. In the building centre is a large dome with green roof and statue of Justice on the top. There are 63 steps decending to the street. The building now houses the Cowbells Museum and the Cochee College.


Note:  The contract price for construction of the courthouse was $28,200 and $4761 for four jail cells.



N – Pima County

E – Cochise County

S – Mexico

W – Pima County
































Photos taken 2008