Bent County is named for William Bent, who was a frontier trader.
Surrounding County Courthouses:
N – Kiowa County
E – Prowers County
W – Otero County
Created: February 11, 1870
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