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Teller County


Teller County is named for Henry Moore Teller, who was a United States Senator from Colorado and United States Secretary of the Interior.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Douglas County

E – El Paso County

S – Fremont County

W – Park County and Jefferson County



Created:  March 23, 1889                       Map of Colorado highlighting Teller County

County Seat:

Cripple Creek  1899 – present


County Courthouse – Cripple Creek


Location:  101 West Bennett Avenue / North 1st Street

Built:  1904 – 1905

Style:  Federal

Architect:  A J Smith

Contractor:   J E Devy


Description: The building faces south and is a two story two red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on the side of a slope in the center of Cripple Creek. The base of the building which is a raised basement, is course stone. The south entrance has an arch with recessed door. On the second story are three large arched windows. A cornice runs below the flat roof line. The interior has the original woodwork and high ceilings. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the District Court and County Court of the 4th Judicial District. To the west is the Old County Jail.


History:  The county was created in 1899 and Cripple Creek was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was the McDougall Building constructed in 1896 where the county shared space with the Palace Hotel. The county purchased and the demolished the building when the second and present courthouse was constructed in 1904 to 1905 at a cost of $60,000.


County Building – Cripple Creek



Location:  112 North A Street / West Carr Street

Built:  1998 – 1999

Style:  Modern

Architect:  AKA Partners, Inc.

Contractor:  Rahil Construction, Inc.


Description: The building faces west and is a two story two red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Cripple Creek to the northwest of the courthouse. The building is “L” shaped with a north wing and west wing, having the first story below ground and exposed on the south side where the ground drops. The west front has an arched entrance on the second story with peaked roof and clock above. The roof line is flat. The building is named as the Teller County Centennial Building.



County Courthouse – Cripple Creek















County Building – Cripple Creek





















Photos taken 2011