Yoakum County

Yoakum County is named for Henderson King Yoakum, who was a soldier, attorney and Texas historian.

 

Created:  August 21, 1876

County Seat: 

Plains  1876 – present

 

County Courthouse – Plains  

 

Location:  601 Cowboy Way / Avenue G

Built:  1948 – 1949

Style:  Moderne

Architect:  Wyatt C Hedrick of Fort Worth

Contractor:  BMFP Construction Company, a partnership composed of F O Bennett, W S Moss and H A Padgett, Jr. of Lubbock

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story yellow colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious grounds. The south front has a projecting center section with entrance on the first story and with vertical yellow colored panels. The east and west wings are recessed. With recessed third story. The roof line is flat. On the north side is a large addition constructed in 1975 and connected by a bridge on the second story. The architect was Stiles, Roberts, Messersmith and Johnson and the contractor was Know, Gailey and Mendor. The consulting engineer was Zumwalt and Vinther.

 

See:  The architect, Wyatt C Hedrick of Fort Worth also designed courthouses in Austin County, Brazoria County, Coke County, Comanche County, Kaufman CountyKent County and Motley County.

 

Old County Courthouse – Plains  

 

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Location:  501 Cowboy Way / Avenue E

Built:  1925 – 1926

Style:  Federal

Architect:  The Butler Company

Contractor:  F M Wallace Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The square shaped building is located on spacious grounds on the west side of the courthouse. There are recessed entrances on the east, south and west sides. A white colored belt runs above the second story windows with decorative brickwork above. The roof line is flat. The building now serves as a museum.  An addition was added on the north side.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Cochran County

E – Terry County

S – Gaines County

W – Lea County, New Mexico

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2014

Lafayette County

Lafayette County is named for Marie Joseph Paul Lafayette, who was a French general who fought in the American Revolutionary War and who lived from 1757 to 1834.

 

Created:  February 9, 1836

County Seat: 

Oxford  1836 – present

 

County Courthouse – Oxford 

 

Location:  Courthouse Square / Jackson Avenue

Built:  1871 – 1872

Style:  Greek Revival and Italianate

Architect:  Spires Boling of Willis, Sloan and Trigg

Contractor:  Fletcher Sloan

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story white colored stuccoed masonry structure. The building sits on the Courthouse Square. The south front has a central portico with three arches on the first story and four columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. There is a balcony on the second story. The north side has a similar portico. On the center of the roof is a high square white cupola with clock at the top. In 1952 to 1953, the east and west bays were added. The architect was Barton A England, Jr. The building was renovated in 1981. The architect was Godfrey Bassett Maisel and Tuminello and the contractor was Grantham Construction Company Inc. The building was further renovated in 2008. The architect was Howorth & Associates Architects and the contractor was Panola Construction Company.

 

See:  The architect, Willis, Sloan and Trigg, also designed courthouses in Marshall County and Hardeman County, Tennessee.

    

Note:  In 1864, the original courthouse was burned by Union troops under the command of General A J “Whiskey” Smith. Following the Civil War the present courthouse was built and completed in January 1872. The Marshall County courthouse is a similar style as the architect and contractor were the same.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Lafayette County Courthouse

 

County Chancery Building – Oxford 

 

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Location:  300 North Lamar Boulevard / Monroe Avenue

Built:  2000 – 2002

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Johnson Bailey Henderson McNeel  Architects

Contractor:  ANCO Construction, Inc. of Corinth

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The west front has a central portico with four columns rising to the roof line. A long two story porch extends along the west side. The roof is hipped. 

 

See:  The architect, Johnson Bailey Henderson McNeel  Architects, also designed the Justice Center in Lee County. 

 

Courthouses: 

N – Tate County and Marshall County

E – Union County and Pontotoc County

S – Calhoun County and Yalobusha County

W – Panola County 

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2012 and 2017

Platte County

Platte County is named for the North Platte River which flows through the county, and “platte” is the French for “flat”.

 

Created:  February 9, 1911
County Seat:

Wheatland 1911 – present

County Courthouse – Wheatland

Location:  800 9th Street / Walnut Street

Built:  1917 – 1918
Style:  Classical Revival
Architect:  Baerreson Brothers Architects
Contractor:  Archie Allison of Cheyenne.

Description:
 The building faces west and is a two story buff colred brick and concrete structure. The west front projects from the main building and has four large stone columns supporting a header with pediment above. The main entrance is recessed and the second story is recessed behind the columns. The roof line extends beyond d the building and has white colored trim.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Converse County and Niobrara County

E – Goshen County

S – Laramie County

W – Albany County and Converse County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2007