Conejos County

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Conejos

Conejos County is named for the cottontail rabbits in the area as the Spanish word “conejos” means “rabbits”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Rio Grande County and  Alamosa County

E – Costilla County

S – Taos County, New Mexico and Rio Arriiba County, New Mexico

W – Archuleta County

 

Created:  November 1, 1861                  Map of Colorado highlighting Conejos County

County Seat:

Guadalupe  1861 – 1863

Conejos      1863 – present

 

County Courthouse – Conejos

 

Location:  6683 County Road 13 / County Road G6

Built:  1980 – 1981

Style:  Spanish Pueblo style

Architect:  H E Whitlock Inc.

Contractor:  H E Whitlock Inc.

 

Description: The building faces east and is a one story stone and concrete structure. The east front has a projecting center section with red colored flagstone. The recessed main building is a light yellow color. The roof line is flat. The building houses the District Court and County Court of the 12th Judicial District.

 

History:  The county was created in 1861 and Guadalupe was designated as the county seat. The county seat was moved to Conejos in 1863. The first courthouse was a two story stone structure built in 1891. The courthouse burned on June 27 in 1980. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1980 to 1981.

 

Note:  In 1861, Gudaloupe County ( Conejo County ) was one of the 17 original counties.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Conejos

 

 

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Picture 1891 County Courthouse

 

 

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Church 1854

 

 

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Photos taken 2011