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Roosevelt County

Roosevelt County is named for Theodore Roosevelt, who was the twenty-sixth President of the United States.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Quay County and Curry County

E – Bailey County, Texas and Cochran County, Texas

S – Lea County

W – Chaves County and De Baca County


Created:  February 28, 1903                  Map of New Mexico highlighting Roosevelt County

County Seat:

Portales  1903 – present


County Courthouse – Portales  


Location:  109 West 2nd Street / Main Street

Built:  1937 – 1939

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Robert E Merrell

Contractor:  C S Lambie & Company


Description: The building faces southeast and is a four story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Portales. The southeast front has a projecting center section which rises above the roof line. There is stone trim at the central entrance. Extensive use of the Zia symbol decorate the exterior along with three early settlers and an Indian guide. The roof line is flat. The interior has grey marble walls topped with a narrow beige plaster molding. Staircases leading to the main corridor are lined with hollow aluminum handrails attached to the wall with molded brackets and decorated with rosettes. First story halls have terrazzo floors, and at the center of the hall in front of the staircase leading to the second story County District Court courtroom, a five-color map of Roosevelt County rendered in marble chips is embedded across the floor. The courtroom is located at the southeast side of the second story. The furniture is wood and the wall panels are oak veneer. The building houses the County District Court of the 9th Judicial District. The building was a Works Progress Administration project.


See:  The architect, Robert E Merrell of Schaefer, Merrell and Associate also designed the courthouse in Curry County.


See:  The contractor C S Lambie & Company constructed courthouses in Quay County and Sierra County and in Texas in Childress County, Gregg CountyHutchinson CountyMoore CountyPotter County and Ward County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Roosevelt County Courthouse


County Magistrate Court – Portales  



Location:  1700 North Boston Avenue / East Spruce Street

Built:  2015 – 2016

Style:  Modern

Architect:  ASA Architect 

Contractor:  HB Construction of Las Cruces.


Description: The building faces west and is a one story white colored  concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the north of the the center of Portales and the courthouse. The southwest corner has a high yellow colored concrete entrance section with glass panels. A canopy extended over the first story entrance. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Magistrate Court of the 9th Judicial District. 


See:  The 9th Judicial District includes Curry County.


History:  The county was created in 1903 and Portales was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story frame structure with cement block walls built in 1903. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1937 to 1939 at a cost of $197,381. The County Magistrate Courthouse was constructed in 2015 to 2016.



County Courthouse – Portales





















County District Court courtroom



















Statue of Washington Ellsworth Lindsey





County Magistrate Court – Portales





Photos taken 2007, 2016 and 2019