Roswell in Chaves County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Justice in the Wild West
Before the construction of the elegant courthouse that stands here today, a smaller courthouse constructed in 1890 was home to Roswell’s judicial system. In 1889, prior to construction, Captain Joseph C. Lea, Charles Eddy, and Pat Garrett (the famous former lawman), journeyed to Santa Fe where they petitioned for the creation of two new counties: Chavez (named for Colonel J. Francisco Chavez) and Eddy (named for Charles Eddy). Their petition was approved, and Roswell became the county seat of Chaves. The first county elections were held in 1890; new officials took office and organized the Chaves County government on January 1, 1891. The current courthouse was built in 1911 in celebration of New Mexico’s impending statehood.
Erected by Lawrence C. Harris, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, and the 2012 Centennial Committee.
Location. 33° 23.824′ N, 104° 31.331′ W. Marker is in Roswell, New Mexico, in Chaves County. Marker can be reached from North Main Street. Click for map. Marker stands in the small courtyard directly in front of the Chavez County Courthouse west entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 446 North Main Street, Roswell NM 88201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are Roswell Pioneer Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); John Simpson Chisum (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Patrick Floyd Jarvis Garrett (about 400 feet away); The Iron Cross (approx. half a mile away); Roswell (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named Roswell (approx. 3 miles away); a different marker also named Roswell (approx. 5.7 miles away); Louise Massey Mabie (1902-1983) (approx. 10.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Roswell.
More about this marker. The marker is engraved metal, mounted on a pedestal, in excellent condition.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
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1. Chaves was named for Colonel Jose Francisco Chaves.
The Victorian architecture of the courthouse, built in 1911, replaced the earlier 1890 building used after the county’s creation in 1889. It is one of the two courthouses in New Mexico that has a dome on the top of the structure (Submitted on May 8, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Chaves County Courthouse.
The Chaves County Courthouse, located on the 400 block of Main Street in Roswell, New Mexico, is the center of government of Chaves County. (Submitted on May 8, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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