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Hinsdale County

Hinsdale County is named for George A Hinsdale, who was a prominent pioneer and former Lieutenant Governor of Colorado.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Gunnison County

E – Saguache County and Mineral County

S – Archulets County

W – La Plata CountySan Juan County and Ouray County


Created:  February 10 1874                   Map of Colorado highlighting Hinsdale County

County Seat:

Lake City  1874 – present


County Courthouse – Lake City


Location:  317 Henson Street / 3rd Street

Built:  1877

Style:  Federal / Italianate

Architect:  Jonathan Ogden

Contractor:  Jonathan Ogden


Description: The building faces east and is a two story white colored wood frame structure. The rectangular shaped building is located in the center of Lake City. The east front has a central entrance with transom above. Green colored trim outlines the windows and corners. The building has a clapboard exterior, bracketed cornice, cornerboards, friezeboard, transoms, and narrow windows with crown molding. The metal roof is hipped. The south side has a one story addition and behind the addition is a set of wood stairs ascending to the County District Court courtroom. In the interior are wood floors and stairs. The courtroom on the second story contains some of the original furnishings. The building houses the County District Court and County Court of the 7th Judicial District and the Municipal Court. The building was restored in 2016 to 2017.


See:  The courthouse is the oldest courthouse in Colorado still functioning as a courthouse. The courthouse held the first famed trial and conviction of Alferd Packer, the “Colorado Cannibal” in 1883. The oldest former courthouse built in 1874 is located in  Park County. 


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Lake City Historic District


See:   The 7th Judicial District includes Delta County Gunnison CountyMontrose County, Ouray County and San Miguel County.


History:  The county was created in 1874 and Lake City was selected as the county seat. The county rented premises until the first and present courthouse was built in 1877 at a cost of $4,450.  



County Courthouse – Lake City









County District Court courtroom







Commissioner Minutes – construction bids 1877





Stone Bank – Lake City







Photos taken 2011