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Rio Grande County

Rio Grande County is named for the Rio Grande which flows through the area.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Saguache County

E – Alamosa County 

S – Conejos County and Archulata County

W – Mineral County


Created:  February 10, 1874                  Map of Colorado highlighting Rio Grande County

County Seat:

Del Norte  1874 – present


County Courthouse – Del Norte


Location:  925 6th Street / Cherry Street

Built:  1948 – 1949

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Walter A Simon

Contractor:  Louis F Tourman and Glenn Watson


Description: The building  faces north and is a three story dark gray colored stone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Del Norte. The building has a raised basement and the east and west sections project from the main building and are lower in height. On the north side, the center section has a recessed entrance on the first story with large windows on the second and third stories. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County District Court and County Court of the 12th Judicial District. The engineer was August Zanoni. On the east side is the County Annex Building and on the south side is the County Jail.


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


History:  The county was created in 1874 and Del Norte was selected as the county seat. The county used rented premises. The first courthouse was three story brick structure built in 1885. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1948 to 1949.


County Annex Building – Del Norte



Location:  965 6th Street / Penscot Street

Built:  1996 – 1997

Style:  Modern

Architect:  DLR / Lescher and Mahoney

Contractor:  Francis Contractors, Inc.


Description: The building  faces north and is a one story white colored stucco and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Del Norte on the east side of the courthouse. The north front has a central portico at the entrance supported by two pillars. A wide porch extends along the front of the building. The hipped roof is red colored. The building is named as the Rio Grande County Annex.



County Courthouse – Del Norte















County Annex Building – Del Norte



Photos taken 2011