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Prowers County

Prowers County is named for John W Prowers, who was a pioneer in the lower Arkansas River valley.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Kiowa County

E – Hamilton County, Kansas and Stanton County, Kansas

S – Baca County

W – Bent County

 

Created:  April 11, 1889                          Map of Colorado highlighting Prowers County

County Seat:

Lamar  1889 – present

 

County Courthouse – Lamar

 

Location:  301 South Main Street / East Oak Street

Built:  1928 – 1929

Style:  Neo-Classical Revival

Architect:  Robert K Fuller of Denver

Contractor:  A E Danielson & Sons of Denver

 

Description: The building faces north and is a three story gray Indiana limestone, granite and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Lamar. The north front has a framed entrance in the center of the first story. Vertical dividers separate the vertical windows. The wide cornice follows the flat roof line. There is an attic story. The interior has ornamental brass chandeliers located in each of the vestibules at the main, east and west entrances. On the opposite wall from the main entrance is a terrazzo staircase with brass railings ascending to the upper stories. The main entrance hall and corridor have a brown colored terrazzo floor made of marble and other stones. The ceiling contains a series of coffered panels with stenciled designs. The walls are constructed of stone and coated with a sand finish and painted light tan. Simply carved stone pilasters are spaced throughout the entrance hall and corridor. The courtroom is located on the third story and has a high vaulted ceiling having extensive geometric patterns with a recurring floral motif on a tan background. In the center of the ceiling is an extensive geometric design encompassing a square superimposed upon a rectangle incorporating floral and geometric motifs. Suspended from the ceiling are six intricate brass chandeliers. Below the cornice molding is situated a frieze consisting of alternating squares carved with depictions of cattle brands, similar to those found on the first story corridor. The north wall contains four large windows and on the west wall, an inset houses the judge’s bench set off by four pilasters with intricately carved capitals along the west wall and at the corners. The room retains the original deep walnut furniture and beautiful cork tiled floor. The building houses the District Court and County Court of the 15th Judicial District. On the south side is the County Jail.

 

See:  Nationasl Register of Historic Places – Prowers County Courthouse

 

See:  The 15th Judicial District includes Baca County, Kiowa County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1889 and Lamar was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a stone and brick Late Victorian structure designed by Bulger & Rapp and constructed in 1890. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1928 to 1929.

 

Note:  The lowest point in Colorado is the Arkansas River at 3,350 feet ( 1621 meters ) which is located in the county.

 

 

County Courthouse – Lamar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2006 and 2022