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Mineral County

Mineral County is named for the plentiful mineral deposits found in the area.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Hinsdale County and Saguache County

E – Rio Grande County

S – Archuleta County

W – Hinsdale County


Created:  March 27, 1893                       Map of Colorado highlighting Mineral County

County Seat:

Creede  1893 – present


County Courthouse – Creede


Location:  1201 North Main Street / North 1st Street

Built:  1949 – 1950

Style: Classical Revival

Architect:  Alfred Watts Grant

Contractor:  Charles C Johnson and others


Description: The building faces south and is a one story stucco and concrete structure. The building was located on landscaped grounds in the center of Creede. The south front had a recessed central entrance. There was a projecting cornice below the flat roof line. The building houses the District Court and County Court of the 12th Judicial District. The building was remodeled in 1987. The architect was Akira Kawanabe. The courthouse was further remodeled and a new addition was added that houses the courtroom and sheriff’s office in 2018 to 2019. The architect was Brad Ash of Reynolds Ash Associates and the contractor was Alcon Construction in Alamosa.


Note:  The Commissioner Minutes show that Charles C Johnson was the foreman and carpenters were Bill Boden, Charles A Kipp and Gilbert Wetherhill. Other suppliers were Tomkin Hardware Company (building supplies), Del Norte Lumber Company, Steve Delmare (heating), Mine & Smelter Supply Compang (lighting) and Hugh N Woods Merchants Company (sheetrock).


See:  The 12th Judicial District includes Alamosa County, Conejos County, Costilla CountyRio Grande County and Saguache County.


History:  The county was created in 1893 and Wason was selected as the county seat. In the same year, the county seat was moved to Creede. The first courthouse was a wood frame structure built in 1895. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1947. The second courthouse was constructed in 1949 to 1950.



County Courthouse – Creede











Photos taken 2011