Saguache County is named for the Ute language word meaning “blue earth” or “water at blue earth”.
Created: December 29, 1866
Saguache 1866 – present
County Courthouse – Saguache
Location: 501 Christy Avenue / 4th Street
Built: 1910 – 1911
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 County, Summit County and Washington County and in Nebraska in Deuel County and Garden County.
Photos taken 2011