Montezuma County is named for Montezuma II, who was an Aztec leader and the Montezuma Ruins were first thought to be of Aztec origin.
Surrounding County Courthouses:
N – Dolores County
E – La Plata County
S – San Juan County, New Mexico
W – San Juan County, Utah
Created: April 16, 1889
Cortez 1889 – present
County Courthouse – Cortez
Location: 109 West Main Street / South Chestnut Street
Built: 1937 - 1938
Style: Art Deco
Architect: C Francis Pillsbury of Denver
Contractor: Alfred C Larsen of Bloomfield
Description: The building faces north and is a two story buff colored structure. The central entrance has a slightly projecting concrete frame The roof line of the rectangular building is flat. A three story red colored brick addition was constructed on the east side in 1959 to 1960 . The contractor was McGechie Construction Company.
See: The architect, C Francis Pillsbury of Denver also designed the courthouse in Eagle County, Kiowa County, La Plata County and Rio Blanco County.
County Justice Center – Cortez
Location: 601 North Mildred Road / East Empire Street
Description: The building is low modern structure.
New County Courts Center – Cortez
Location: 865 North Park Street / East Driscoll Street
Built: 2016 – 2018
Architect: Humphries Poli Architects
Contractor: Jaynes Corporation
Description: The building is low modern structure. The building is presently under construction.
See: The 22nd Judicial District includes Dolores County.
County Courthouse -
Commissioner Minutes – contractor
Photos taken 2011