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Bent County Courthouse

Built in 1886-89, this striking two-story red brick building is the oldest courthouse in continuous use in Colorado. The exuberance of the corner towers, open Romanesque arches, sandstone trim, and overall architectural rhythm are a stunning local expression of Victorian institutional style architecture. Many of the original courthouse furnishings are still in use today. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, the building is being preserved with grant assistance from the Colorado Historical Society's State Historical Fund. The neighboring 1902 jail served as the county's processing and holding facility for 98 years until 2000.

725 Carson Avenue
Las AnimasCO  81054
(719) 456-1600

Hours of Operation
8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday (except holidays). Group tours to be available by appointment post-restoration (to be completed late 2009/2010).
Take US Hwy 50 to Las Animas from either the east or west. Near the sharp bend in Hwy 50, you will see the brick jail and courthouse directly south, just off the highway. Turn south onto Carson Ave. The Bent County Courthouse is on your left.
Visitor Services
ADA Accessibility
National Register Individual Listing
State Register of Historic Places
Travel Tips
Also plan on visiting the Kit Carson Museum, the 1902 Jail near the Courthouse, the Old Trail Art Gallery by the only stop light in Las Animas, the Fort Lyon Kit Carson Chapel (5 miles east of Las Animas), Boggsville (south of Las Animas) and Old Bent's Fort (west of Las Animas).
Entrance Fees

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