San Juan County

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San Juan

San Juan County is named for the San Juan River and San Juan Mountains which were named for Saint John the Evangelist.


Created:  January 31, 1876

County Seat:

Silverton  1876 – present


County Courthouse – Silverton


Location:  1857 Greene Street / 15th Street

Built:  1907 – 1908

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  James Murdock

Contractor:  Brown & Schepforman of Denver


Description: The building faces southwest and is a two story buff colored brick structure. The southwest front has a one story portico supported by four columns and balcony on the second story. There is a similar portico on the south south side. On the center of the roof is a high square clock tower with white colored cupola at the top. The basement was constructed by David Ramsey. Behind the building is the old two story red colored brick jail which is now a museum.


Note:  The Grand Imperial Hotel designed by John Griswald and constructed in 1883 by Charles S Thompson, served as the courthouse from 1889 to 1908.



North  – Ouray County

East    – Hinsdale County

South – La Plata County

West  – Dolores County and San Miguel County


























Old Grand Imperial Hotel

Photos taken 2011