Dolores County

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Dolores County is named for the Dolores River, which was named by the Spanish as “Rio de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores” which means “River of our lady of       Sorrows”.


Created:  February 19, 1881

County Seat:

Rico              1881 – 1945

Dove Creek  1945 – present


County Courthouse – Dove Creek


Location:  409 North Main Street /  East 4th Street

Built:  1952 – 1953

Style:  Modern

Architect:  C Francis Pillsbury

Contractor:  Burl F Crone and J Clarence Ritchey


Description: The building faces west and is a two story buff colored brick structure. The entrance in the center is glass with glass panel above. The south section is one story and the north section is two story. The roof line is flat.


Note:  The first courthouse in Dove Creek was a building built in 1912 and occupied in 1945 when the county seat was moved.


Old County Courthouse  - Rico                  


Location:  2 North Commercial Street / Martz Street

Built:  1891 – 1892

Style:  Victorian

Architect:  John James Huddart

Contractor:  Charles H Carpenter


Description: The building is a two story structure. The served as a courthouse until 1945.



N –San Miguel County

E – San Juan County

S – Montezuma County

W – San Juan County, Utah














Photos taken 2011