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Sierra County

Sierra County is named for the Sierra de los Caballos mountains which are located in the county.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Catron County and Socorro County

E – Lincoln County and Otero County

S – Dona Ana County and  Luna County

W – Grant County and Catron County


Created:  April 3, 1884                            Map of New Mexico highlighting Sierra County

County Seat: 

Hillsboro                                                 1884 – 1937

Truth or Consequences ( Hot Springs ) 1937 – present


County Courthouse – Truth or Consequences


Location:  300 North Date Street / East 3rd Avenue

Built:  1938 – 1939

Style:  Spanish Colonial

Architect:  Wilfred Steadman of Santa Fe

Contractor:  C S Lambie & Company


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story white colored stucco and concrete structure. The building is constructed in a territorial style of Spanish architecture and is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Truth or Consequences. There are one story wings on the northwest and southwest sides. The roof line is flat. The building houses the District Court of the 7th Judicial District. The building was a Work Projects Administration project. An addition was added in 2007. The architect was Arsed & Lopez Engineering Inc. and NCA Architects and the contractor was White Sands Construction.


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


See:  The 7th Judicial District includes Catron CountySocorro County and Torrance County.


History:  The county was created in 1884 and Hillsboro was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story red colored brick structure with cupola built in 1884. The building ruins still remain. In 1937, the county seat was moved to Truth or Consequences and the second and present courthouse was constructed in 1938 to 1939.


County Administration – Truth or Consequences



Location:  100 North Date Street / East 1st Avenue

Built:  1922 – 1923

Style:  Spanish Colonial

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story cream colored stucco and concrete structure. The building is constructed in a territorial style of Spanish architecture. The building is located to the south of the courthouse and was a Public School. The center section has a central recessed entrance with the upper wall rising to a point. The roof has red colored tiles. Wings were constructed on the north and south sides in 1937. Murals decorate the walls.



County Courthouse – Truth or Consequences





















County Administration Building – Truth or Consequences

















Old 1884 County Courthouse Ruins – Hillsboro











Photos taken 2007 and 2019