Sheriffs of Hinsdale County, Colorado

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Oscar Downtain was the first Constable of Lake City, Colorado. The son of Grotious and Charlotte Mary (Burgess) Downtain, he was born on December 26, 1848 in Harrison County, Kentucky. Submitted by Harley K. Haynes, Jr., third great-grandson of Charlotte Mary (Burgess) Downtain.

Sheriff Edward N. Campbell, 28; wife Ruth, 19; daughter, Cora Amanda; brother, George Shocky Campbell, 24.

Edward Newton Campbell was born in Coshocton County, Ohio in September, 1843. He served as a Fifer in Company K of the 32nd Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War, and was a school teacher in Effingham County, Illinois. He relocated to Waterville, Kansas in 1869, and on March 26, 1870 married Ruth Scott. He and his family moved to Lake City, Colorado in 1876. He was elected Sheriff of Hinsdale County in 1879. On April 26, 1882, Sheriff Campbell and Deputy Clair Smith caught George Betts and James Browning in the act of robbing the W. G. Luckett residence in the Ball Flats. Sheriff Campbell was killed instantly by a single shot from a .44 caliber pistol. Betts and Browning escaped, but were caught a few hours later. An angry mob took the men from jail and hung them from the Ocean Wave Bridge, now the Ball Flats Bridge, the next day. Sheriff Campbell was survived by his wife and six children per the 1880 Census: Cora, George, Charles, Perry and Effie; the sixth child was not listed in reference. In 1885, Ruth (Scott) Campbell married George Shocky Campbell, her former brother-in-law. She died on June 4, 1940 in Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin. Information taken from Cemeteries of Hinsdale County, Colorado, 1974-1995, Revised 1996, pp. 28-29. Compiled and Researched by Grant E. Houston for the Hinsdale County Historical Society, Lake City, Colorado. Printed by The Anundsen Publishing Company, 108 Washington Street, P.O. Box 230, Decorah, Iowa 52101 and used with permission of the Hinsdale County Historical Society.  Information is copyrighted and cannot be used without permission.

Sheriff George Gardner 1886 - 1892



Terrance Brennan was the Sheriff of Hinsdale County, Colorado from 1892 to 1896. Photographs provided by Robert Brennan of Denver, Colorado.


Sheriff W. P. Hunt 1908-1909

Benjamin Foster Hunt was the Sheriff of Hinsdale County, Colorado from 1914 to 1924. The son of Joseph A. and Sarah A. (Smith) Hunt, he was born on June 17, 1888 in Grand Junction, Colorado and remained single.. He died of pneumonia on July 7, 1929 in Lake City, Colorado. A veteran of World War One, he served in Company D, 341st Field Artillery, 89th Division.

Sheriff Hugh Coburn & Nancy Burke 1924 - 1946

Arthur P. "Brick" Griffiths - Hinsdale County Sheriff from 1952 to 1954.

Sheriff Max Hersinger and Wife Ima 1960 - 1972


Sheriff Burton Smith served from 1978 to 1990

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