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Park County Library (Park County Courthouse and Jail)

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Park County Courthouse and Jail
1874, George W. Nice. 418 Main St. (NR)

Colorado's oldest continuously used courthouse hosts ceremonial trials once a year in what is now the county library. Rough, uncoursed granite walls wrap this two-story antique. Smoothly carved arches for openings and wide, double-bracketed eaves lend Italianate elegance. In the little-altered interior, the county clerk's vault holds a run of The Fairplay Flume and Park County Republican, plus other prized library possessions. The separate, one-story jail is of the same uncoursed, rough granite with a steel door and window bars. The buildings share the large block with the graves of the burro Shorty and his canine companion Bum.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Park County Library (Park County Courthouse and Jail)", [Fairplay, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 214-214.

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