Huerfano County

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Huerfano County is named for the Huerfano River and the Spanish name means “orphan”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Custer County and Pueblo County

E – Las Animas County

S – Las Animas County and Costilla County

W – Alamosa County and Saguache County


Created:  November 1, 1861                              Location within the U.S. state of Colorado


County Seat:

Autobees   Plaza   1861 – 1867

Badito                    1867 – 1874

Walsenburg           1874 – present


County Courthouse – Walsenburg


Location:  401 Main Street / West 5th Street

Built:  1904 – 1905

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  C A Henderson

Contractor:  Friedhoff and Hoeffel of Pueblo


Description: The building faces east and  is a two story gray colored stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Walsenburg. The building is a “T” shape with a raised basement. There is a large square tower on the east front with a steep black colored pyramidal roof. On the east front is a portico supported by two stone columns and on top of the portico is a balcony. Above is an ornamented semi-circle On the second story there are arched windows. The building houses the District Court and County Court of the 3rd Judicial District. On the west side is the two story stone County Jail.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Huerfano County Courthouse


Note:  In 1861, Huerfano County was one of the 17 original counties


History:  The county was created in 1861 and Autobees Plaza was designated as the county seat. The county seat was moved to Badito. In 1874, the county seat was moved to Walsenburg. The county used rented premises. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1904 to 1905 at a cost of $35,000.




County Courthouse - Walsenburg 










Photos taken 2007