Borden County is named for Gail Borden, Jr., who was a newspaper publisher and organizer of the Republic of Texas, and he also helped lay out the site for Houston and prepared the first topographical map of Texas.
Created: August 21, 1876
Gail 1891 – present
County Courthouse – Gail
Location: 117 East Wilbourn Avenue / South Elm Street
Built: 1938 – 1939
Style: Arts Deco
Architect: David S Castle of Abilene
Contractor: Dunlap & Coughrun
Description: The building faces north and is a one story buff colored brick and cast cement structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the town. The north front of the rectangular shaped building has a center entrance having a raised portion above the flat roof line. Above the windows are decorated white cast cement with detail ornamentation. The courtroom is located on the east side. On the east side of the courthouse is the old stone County Jail built in 1896.
See: The architect, David S Castle of Abilene, designed courthouses in Hansford County, Irion County, Mitchell County, Reagan County, Stephens County, Sterling County, Upton County and Winkler County.
Note: The County was not organized until 1891. The first courthouse was a two story frame structure built in 1895.
E – Scurry County
S – Howard County
W – Dawson County
Old County Jail
Photos taken 2006, 2014 and 2019