LASR.net Homepage




Menu

Belva's Real Estate Florence Visitors Center

Pinal County Courthouse


category : Historic Courthouses
Pinal County Courthouse Built in 1891, the second Pinal County Courthouse is the oldest public building in daily use in Arizona. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is an excellent example of American-Victorian architecture with metal columns, lintels, and cornices that reflected the County Supervisors' commitment to continued growth and prosperity in Pinal County.

The rounded part of the building at the rear served as the County Jail and Sheriff's office. The courtroom was on the second floor directly above the jail. It was here where Pearl Hart, Arizona's only woman bandit, was confined. She was tried here for stage robbery and was sentenced to serve five years in the Territorial Prison at Yuma. In 1899, Miss Hart's accomplice in the robbery, Joe Boot, got 30 years for the same crime.

A trial was being conducted in the old courtroom when pounding and hammering started below. It grew so loud, the judge called a recess and sent the bailiff to order a halt until the trial was concluded. The bailiff returned laughing and explained that the prisoners in jail below had been pounding a hole through the wall directly below the judge's bench. Fortunately, their work was interrupted before they could escape.

Florence contractors, A.J. Doran and T.A. Adams built the courthouse for a cost of $29,000. A shortage of funds resulted in painted metal clock faces in the distinctive cupola. Thus, "time stands still" at 11:44.


Address: Pinal and 12th Streets

Come visit us in Florence, Arizona

Attractions and Upcoming Events

First Presbyterian Church of Florence

The First Presbyterian Church of Florence was the second oldest Presbyterian Church in Arizona. Established in November of 1888

Florence, AZ Historic Churches

Jesus Preciado de Luna/Bernardina Lorona House

This is the Historic District's finest example of a Sonoran corner-style row house. Its street facades are flush with the property line and the wings are one room deep. Always used as a residence, it was built in 1880 by Juan Luna, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Florence, AZ Historic Homes

Historic Coke Ovens in Box Canyon

The Historic Coke Ovens, otherwise known as charcoal kilns, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, were built in 1882 along the Gila River by the Pinal Consolidated Mining Company, and are so inaccessible that their preservation is easily understood.

Florence, AZ Historic Sites


McFarland State Park

This adobe structure is the first Pinal County Courthouse built in 1877. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Florence, AZ Historic Courthouses

Things to do Historic Courthouses near Florence, AZ