Aransas County is named for the Rio Nuestra Senora de Aranzazu which was a Spanish outpost.
Created: September 18, 1871
Rockport 1871 – present
Former County Courthouse – Rockport
Location: 301 Liveoak Street / Concho Street
Built: 1955 – 1956
Architect: Lynn A Evans
Contractor: Braselton Construction Company
Description: The building faced east and was a one story brick, concrete and glass structure. The building was located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The south section of the building was faced with white colored brick and the north section was faced with a black colored finish. Both sections were connected by a low building with glass entrance doors. The designer was O Roy Abbott. An addition was added in 1983. On the west side of the building is the County Tax Office. The building was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey and was demolished February 22, 2018 and the site remains vacant. The County Tax Office is still standing.
Note: The first courthouse was built in Indianola in 1871. The second courthouse was designed by J Reily Gordon and the contractor was Emil Niggle and William Witte in 1889. The third courthouse was constructed at a cost of $480,000 and was razed in 2018.
County Courthouse – Rockport
Location: 2840 Highway Business 35 North / Henderson Street
Description: The building faces west and is a one store cream colored concrete structure. The building is located on the grounds of a shopping mall to the north of the center of the city. The building was formerly the ACE Hardware Store. The west front has a projecting center section with horizontal windows and red colored tiled roof. The roof line is flat.
E – Gulf of Mexico
W – Refugio County
Former County Courthouse
County Tax Office
Picture 1889 Courthouse
Photos taken 2006, 2014 and 2019