Las Animas County

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Las Animas

Las Animas County is named for the Animas River which in Spanish is “Rio de las Animas Perdidas” which means “River of the Souls in Purgatory”.

 

Created:  February 9, 1866

County Seat:

Trinidad  1866 – present

 

County Courthouse – Trinidad

 

Location:  200 East 1st Street / Maple Street

Built:  1912 – 1913

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:   Issac Hamilton Rapp and William Mason Rapp of Rapp Brothers and William Hendricks

Contractor:   W G Rapp

 

Description: The building faces north and is a three story light colored stone structure. The building has columns on each side rising from the second story to the top of the third story. Along the second story, there is arched stonework above each window. The north and west entrances project from the building. Along the roof is a stone balustrade.

 

See:  The architect, Issac Hamilton Rapp, also designed courthouses in New Mexico in Chaves County and Rio Arriba County and in Texas in Donley County.

 

Note:  The previous courthouse was built in 1881.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Huerfano County, Pueblo County, Otero County and Bent County 

E – Baca County

S – Union County, New Mexico and Colfax County, New Mexico

W – Costillia County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2016