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Otero County

Otero County is named for Miguel A Otero of the prominent Otero family of the Southwest and founder of La Junta.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Crowley County and Kiowa County

E – Bent County

S – Las Animas County

W – Las Animas County and Pueblo County


Created:  March 25, 1889                       Map of Colorado highlighting Otero County

County Seat:

La Junta  1889 – present


County Courthouse – La Junta


Location:  13 West 3rd Street / Colorado Avenue

Built:  1958 – 1959

Style: Modern

Architect:  C Francis Pillsbury

Contractor:  Maher Construction Company of Aurora


Description: The building faces south and is a one story light buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building  is located on landscaped grounds in the center of La Junta. The building has vertical windows. The entrance on the south side is located in the center of the building. The west end of the building rises higher than the east end. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County District Court and County Court of the 16th Judicial District 


See:  The 16th Judicial District includes  Crowley County.


History:  The county was created in 1889 and La Junta was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story brick structure designed by Baerresen Brothers and constructed in 1897 to 1902. The building was razed for the second and present courthouse was constructed in 1958 to 1959.



County Courthouse – La Junta



















Photos taken 2006, 2007 and 2022