Clay County

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Clay County is named for Henry Clay, who was Secretary of State of the United States, a Kentucky statesman and a presidential candidate.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Cotton County, Oklahoma and Jefferson County, Oklahoma

E – Montague County

S – Jack County

W – Archer County and Wichita County

 

Created:  December 24, 1857                Map of Texas highlighting Clay County

County Seat: 

Cambridge   1873 – 1882

Henrietta      1882 – present

 

County Courthouse – Henrietta

 

Location:  100 North Bridge Street / East Gilbert Street

Built:  1883 – 1884

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  W H Wilson & Toze

Contractor:  Strain, Risley & Swinburn

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a three story brown-red colored brick and sandstone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Henrietta. The building is designed in the form of a Greek cross. The wide wings extend east and west and the narrow wings extend north and south. Stone trim is along the corners with sandstone columns resting on tall pedestals. In the center of the building is a large red colored roof dome. In the interior there is wood paneling. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the State District Court and Constitutional County Court. In 1891, an addition of a fireproof record room was constructed. The building was remodeled in 1911 when the dome replaced the original clock tower. Gabled roofs were also added to each wing.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Clay County Courthouse

 

County Courthouse Annex – Henrietta

 

Location:  214 North Main Street / Ikard Street

Built:  2009 – 2010

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Harper Perkins Architects of Wichita Falls

Contractor:  M&F Litteken Company of Wichita Falls

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a one and two story wood frame, flag stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Henrietta on the north side of the courthouse. The building is a long rectangular shape with a short two story raised section at the center with entrance on the first story and large window on the second story. The roof is hipped. There is one courtroom. The building houses the County Justice Court. 

 

History:  The county was created in 1857 and Cambridge was selected as the county seat in 1873 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was a one story native stone structure built in 1875. In 1882, the county seat moved to Henrietta and the second and present courthouse was constructed in 1883 to 1884.

 

 

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County Courthouse - Henrietta  

 

 

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Photos taken 2006 and 2014