Archuleta County is named for J M Archuleta, who was the head of one of the old Spanish families of New Mexico and for Antonio D Archuleta, who was the Senator from Conejos County at the time.
Surrounding County Courthouses:
E – Conejos County
W – La Plata County
Created: April 14, 1885
Pagosa Springs 1885 – present
County Courthouse – Pagosa Springs
Location: 449 San Juan Street / Main Street
Built: 1928 – 1929
Architect: Eugene G Groves of Denver
Contractor: Martin J Wicklem
Description: The building faces north and is a two story brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located in the center of Pagosa Springs. The building is a light yellow colored stucco. The east section of the building is two stories and the newer west section is one story. The east section has arched windows and a recessed central entrance on the north side. The roof line is flat. In the building is the original bank vault from the days that it housed the First National Bank. The building houses the District Court and County Court of the 7th Judicial District. The courthouse is temporially closed.
Note: The courthouse utilizes a geothermal well behind the building. The bid of Martin J Wicklem was accepted at $28,263 on April 6, 1928 for conversion of the First National Bank building..
History: The county was created in 1885 and Pagosa Springs was selected as the county seat. The commissioners met in different places until 1886, when they rented space from Devereux. In July of that year, a building was purchased from C D Scase for $310. The building was moved to San Juan Street and became the first courthouse. The second courthouse was built by A H Sanders on San Juan Street in 1893. The courthouse was damaged by fire in 1895 and later repaired. C S Triplett erected a temporary building at a cost of $240 to house the county clerk and treasurer. In 1900 the county rented a building built in 1895 by Frank Blake for business use. In 1927, the county purchased the old First National Bank for $5,000 converting it in 1928 to 1929 for use as the third courthouse. The fourth and present courthouse is located at Cascade Plaza pending a decision on the use of the now closed third courthouse.
County Courthouse - Pagosa Springs
Commissioner Minutes 1928
Photos taken 2011