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Huerfano County

Huerfano County is named for the Huerfano River and the Spanish name means “orphan”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Custer County and Pueblo County

E – Las Animas County

S – Las Animas County and Costilla County

W – Alamosa County and Saguache County


Created:  November 1, 1861                              Location within the U.S. state of Colorado


County Seat:

Autobees   Plaza   1861 – 1867

Badito                    1867 – 1874

Walsenburg           1874 – present


County Courthouse – Walsenburg


Location:  401 Main Street / West 5th Street

Built:  1904 – 1905

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  C A Henderson

Contractor:  Friedhoff and Hoeffel of Pueblo


Description: The building faces east and  is a two story gray colored stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Walsenburg. The building is a “T” shape with a raised basement. There is a large square tower on the east front with a steep black colored pyramidal roof. On the east front is a portico supported by two stone columns and on top of the portico is a balcony. Above is an ornamented semi-circle. On the second story there are arched windows. In the interior, the foremer courtroom is located on the second story. On the west side is the two story stone County Jail and County Judicial Center.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Huerfano County Courthouse


County Judicial Center – Walsenburg



Location:  200 West 5th Street / Albert Avenue

Built:  2019 – 2020

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Anderson Hallas Architects of Golden

Contractor:  G H Phipps Construction Companies of Greenwood


Description: The building faces east and is a two story concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Walsenburg to the west of the courthouse. The east front has a central protruding tower with entrance on the first story, large window on the second story and peaked roof. The roof line is flat. In the interior are two courtrooms for the County District Court and the County Court. The building houses the County District Court and County Court of the 3rd Judicial District. 


Note : The final brick concept uses a three-color palette. Grain-textured “Dark Gray,” “Ginger and “Thistledown” colored bricks are used across the building’s facade using single-colored “Flemish” patterns. Intermittent areas of accent occur like recessed, protruding, or pattern interrupts where either different building materials intersect or add dimension to large wall areas. A two-toned dimensional coursing “crazy quilt” accent pattern is used at the building’s front elevation tower section.


Note:  In 1861, Huerfano County was one of the 17 original counties


See:  The 3rd Judicial District includes Las Animas County.


History:  The county was created in 1861 and Autobees Plaza was designated as the county seat. In 1867, the county seat was moved to Badito. In 1874, the county seat was moved to Walsenburg. The county used rented premises. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1904 to 1905 at a cost of $35,000. The County Judicial CFenter was constructed in 2019 to 2020 at a cost of $9,589,000.




County Courthouse – Walsenburg 
















County Judicial Center – Walsenburg 













Old County Jail – Walsenburg 





Photos taken 2007 and 2022