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Esmeralda County Courthouse

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1907, John Shea. Northeast corner of Crook and Euclid aves.

As soon as the seat of Esmeralda County moved to the mining boom town of Goldfield in 1907, the town set to work erecting a courthouse. The rusticated stone structure stands two stories tall, with a jail wing at the rear. The crenellated corner parapets and a central stepped parapet make the courthouse look like a castle, albeit one with windows too large for any medieval building. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries crenellations were popular for buildings that needed to look solid and fortress-like, such as prisons and armories. The courtroom is well preserved, retaining its colored glass lamps on the bench and original furniture and fixtures.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Esmeralda County Courthouse", [, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 194-194.

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