In conjunction with the National Association of Counties and thousands of counties throughout the county, the Las Animas County Board of Commissioners has proclaimed April as "National County Government Month." To see the proclamation, click here: 20150410122000.pdf. An essay contest titled "How My County Government Affects the Lives of Citizens" will provide cash prizes to winning high school sophomores throughout the county. County employees will be participating in the Trinidad city-wide clean up day on Saturday, April 25th. Tours of county courthouse offices have also been planned. If you or your group would like to know more about county government or would like to visit the courthouse, please call the administration office at 719-845-2568.
Las Animas County was one of the original counties in the State of Colorado. It is the largest county in the State at 4,749 square miles. Trinidad, the County seat, was one of the main stops along the Santa Fe trail. Famous and infamous historic legends such as Al Capone, Bat Masterson, and Wyatt Earp all had a place in Trinidad’s history.
The mostly rural county still relies heavily on farming and ranching as its main economic engine. Rural living is one of the attractions that have drawn many newcomers to the county in recent years. The rich history of mining is experiencing a resurgence in coal bed methane and coal mining and exploration.
The nearly century year old courthouse is constructed of marble and buff Indiana Limestone embellished with glazed terra cotta detailing. Currently, the County is remodeling the old jail portion of the courthouse complex that when completed, will be used to house the Department of Human Services.
Las Animas County Elected Officials were sworn in to office by District Court Judge Leslie J. Gerbracht on January 13, 2015.
From left to right: Dominic "Junie" Verquer, Coroner; James Casias, Sheriff; Patricia "Peach" Vigil, Clerk and Recorder; Jodi Amato, Assessor; Gary Terry, Surveyor; Donna Leonetti, Treasurer and Public Trustee; and Mack Louden, Commissioner District III