Saguache County

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Saguache County is named for the Ute language word meaning “blue earth” or “water at blue earth”.

Created:  December 29, 1866

County Seat:

Saguache  1866 – present


County Courthouse – Saguache


Location:  501 Christy Avenue / 4th Street

Built:  1910 – 1911

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  John James Huddart

Contractor:  J Y Parker


Description: The building faces east and is a  two story buff colored brick and stone Neo-Classical style structure. The east front has a slightly protruding center section with entrance on the first story which has a small pediment above. And rises to a curved section above the roof line. There are dormers on the hipped roof.


Note: The previous courthouse was built in 1881 and was destroyed by fire on March 2, 1910. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $36,110.


See:  The architect, John James Huddart of Denver, Colorado, designed courthouses in Colorado in  Arapahoe County, Cheyenne County, Custer County, Elbert County, Logan CountySummit County and Washington County and in Nebraska in Deuel County and Garden County.



North  – Gunnison County and Chaffeee County

East    – Fremont County, Custer County and Huerfano County

South – Alamosa County and Rio Grande County

West  – Mineral County, Hinsdale County and Gunnison County























Photos taken 2011