Bent County

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Bent County is named for William Bent, who was a frontier trader.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Kiowa County

E – Prowers County

S – Baca County and Las Animas County

W – Otero County


Created:  February 11, 1870                  Map of Colorado highlighting Bent County

County Seat:

Las Animas  1870 – present


County Courthouse – Las Animas


Location:  725 Carson Avenue / 7th Street

Built:  1886 – 1889

Style:  Queen Anne

Architect:  Holmberg Brothers

Contractor:  M F Reilly and B Bradley


Description: The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick  structure.  The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Las Animas. The west front of the building has a slightly projecting center section with a small one story portico on the first story. Above the entrance is a large window and the building rises to a tower with peaked roof. On each corner of the building is a square tower which is open on the second story and rises to a mansard roof. The building has arched windows.. On the north side of the building is the old jail constructed in 1902.


Note:  The land for the courthouse was given by the Honorable James C Jones on February 18, 1887. The total cost of construction of the present courthouse was $58,580.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Bent County Courthouse




County Courthouse - Las Animas




Photos taken 2006