Childress County

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Childress County is named for George Campbell Childress, who was one of the authors of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

 

Created:  August 21, 1876  

County Seat: 

Childress  City           1887 

Childress ( Henry )  1887 – present

 

County Courthouse – Childress  

 

Location:  100 Avenue East NW / Avenue F NE

Built:  1938 – 1939

Style:  Art Deco and Moderne

Architect:  Townes & Funk

Contractor:  C S Lambie & Company

 

Description:  The building faces southwest and is a five story limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The southwest front has a recessed two story center section with four columns and recessed entrance on the first story. Each corner has a projecting section rising three stories. The center of the building rises to five stories. The roof line is flat. The building was a Public Works Administration project. On the northeast corner of the grounds is the old County Jail built in 1905. Also on the grounds are the corner stones from the previous courthouse.

 

See:  The contractor, C S Lambie & Company, also constructed courthouses in New Mexico in Quaty County, Roosevelt County and Sierra County and in Texas in Gregg County, Hutchinson County, Moore County, Potter County and Ward County.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was a wood structure built in Childress City in 1887. In the same year, the county seat was moved to Henry which became Childress. The second courthouse was designed by William Douglas and constructed by B T Williams in 1890. The building burned on October 21, 1891 and was rebuilt in 1891 to 1892 according to the original plans by Lovell, Miller and Hood as contractor.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Collingsworth County

E – Harmon County, Oklahoma and Hardeman County

S – Cottle County

W – Hall County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Old County Jail

 

 

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Cornerstone 1890 Courthouse

 

 

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Cornerstone 1890 Courthouse

 

 

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Cornerstone 1891 Courthouse

Photos taken 2014