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 Veterans were recognized for their service and sacrifice with a Veteran's Day Proclamation by the Board of County Commissioners on November 3, 2015.  Accepting the Proclamation are members of the Las Animas County Veterans Counci, l to r, David Walker, Jesse Manzanares, Luton Dawes, Carolyn Schatzman, Al Trujillo, and John Garduno.

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Las Animas County Commissioners Mack Louden and Gary Hill hornoring retiring director of the South Central Council of Governments, Priscilla "Pete" Fraser, with a plaque thanking her for her many years of service to the residents of Las Animas County at her retirement gathering on July 31, 2015.

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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


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