Borden County

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Borden

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

County Seat: 

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.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Lynn County and Garza County

E – Scurry County

S – Howard County

W – Dawson County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Old County Jail

 

 

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Photos taken 2006, 2014 and 2019