This is the Teller County Courthouse, in Cripple Creek, Colorado.
I love old, historic courthouses. Give me a courtroom in an old courthouse any day. Tall ceilings, wood floors, big windows and creaky doors. I love it! If only the walls could speak, just think of the stories they could tell: about disputes resolved, sentences handed down, and justice served throughout the years.
The old courthouses were built when it was important to have natural lighting. It was a practical design, due to the poor illumination provided by early electric lights or gas lights. Not so with most modern-day courtrooms. Most have removed all windows, so as not to distract jurors, witnesses, or the lawyers. Most newer courtrooms are lit with florescent bulbs. If you didn’t look at the clock on the wall, you would have no idea what time it is. 9:01 a.m. looks just the same as 4:45 p.m. I tell you it is depressing! The body needs light. Your internal clock needs the light to be able to adjust its circadian rhythms throughout the day. The absence of natural light leads to depression and, I think, may make judges and lawyers irritable and impatient. Thank goodness for the the good old courthouses like we have in Teller County.
Lighting may be abundant, but oxygen is not. The Teller County seat is 9,500 feet above sea level; nearly two miles above the ocean! The air is thin and dry, and we love it! There are chairs in the courthouse hallways so the lawyers from out-of-town can sit and catch their breath.
If you need a lawyer in Teller County, call an attorney with an office in Teller County: call Kirk Garner today.