Dawson County is named for Nicholas Mosby Dawson, who was a soldier during the Texas Revolution.
Created: February 1, 1858
Lamesa 1858 – present
County Courthouse – Lamesa
Location: 400 1st Street / Austin Avenue
Built: 1915 – 1916
Style: Texas Renaissance
Architect: Sanquinet and Staats
Contractor: Ralph P Taylor
Description: The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious grounds in the center of the city. The original building is rectangular. The east and west sides have projecting center sections with recessed entrances and murals above. The roof line is flat. The County Court courtroom is located on the third story and the District Court courtroom is located on the second story. The building was restored in 1975. The architect was Harvey C Allen and the contractor was Joel G Fletcher. The annex was added on the south side in 1952 to 1953. The architect was Allen and Allen and the contractor was Suggs Construction Company Inc.
Note: The County was organized in 1905. The previous courthouse was a two story frame structure built by F C Maupin in 1905 at a cost of $2,849. The second and present courthouse was remodeled in 1952 at a cost of $275,000.
E – Borden County
S – Martin County
W – Gaines County
Photos taken 2014 and 2019