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Clear Creek County

Clear Creek County is named for Clear Creek which runs down the continental divide through the county.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Grand County and Gilpin County

E – Jefferson County

S – Park County 

W – Summt County and Grand County 


Created:  November 1, 1861                  Map of Colorado highlighting Clear Creek County

County Seat:

Idaho Springs  1861 – 1867

Georgetown     1867 – present


County Courthouse – Georgetown


Location:  405 Argentine Street / 4th Street

Built:  1976 – 1977

Style:  Modern

Architect:  William R “Russ” Reddick, of Phillips, Brandt, Reddick, Inc.

Contractor:  Cyrus G Delano


Description: The building  faces west and is a two story wood frame structure. The building is located in the center of Georgetown. The building is low with a series of sloped roofs and a sunken main floor. The west section has a tan colored siding and projecting enclosed entrance. On the north side is a high two story white colored clapboard section with hipped roof. The building houses the District Court and County Court of the 5th Judicial District. The 2011 exterior modifications were designed by CCTS. Exterior work and interior modifications have been completed by several companies. The exterior rehab was done by MR Construction, Mark Reynolds owner. On the east side is the old stone Town Jail (1883) and the old white colored wood Sheriff Residence, now used as the Treasurer’s Office.


Old County Courthouse – Georgetown 



Location:  613 6th Street / Argentine Street

Built:  1868

Style:  Federal / Commercial

Architect:  John Fillius and J G Mahany

Contractor:  John Fillius and J G Mahany


Description: The building faces north and is a two story white colored wood frame structure. The building is located in the center of Georgetown on the east side of the courthouse. The building was originally a grocery store and bakery which became the courthouse in 1874. The building is rectangular running south along Argentina Street. The north front has a central recessed entrance. The front of the building rises above the hipped roof. The building was moved from its original site where the present courthouse stands.


Note:  In 1861, Clear Creek County was one of the 17 original counties.


See:  The 5th Judicial District includes Eagle County Lake County and Summit County.


History:  The county was created in 1661 and Idaho Springs was designated as the county seat. The county seat was moved to Georgetown in 1867. The county used rented premises. The first courthouse was a building built in 1868 and converted to a courthouse in 1874 and which is still standing. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1977 to 1978. An adition was constructed in 2011.



County Courthouse – Georgetown









Old County Courthouse – Georgetown





Old Town Jail – Georgetown





Old Sheriff Residence – Georgetown



City Hall – Georgetown



Hamill House – Georgetown





Photos taken 2011