Justice in the Wild West

Justice in the Wild West (HM1E9I)

Location: Roswell, NM 88201 Chaves County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 23.824', W 104° 31.331'

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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.
HM NumberHM1E9I
Placed ByLawrence C. Harris, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, and the 2012 Centennial Committee
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 9:14am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 544434 N 3695409
Decimal Degrees33.39706667, -104.52218333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 23.824', W 104° 31.331'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 23' 49.44" N, 104° 31' 19.86" W
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Area Code(s)505
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 401 N Main St, Roswell NM 88201, US
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