Deaf Smith County

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Deaf Smith

Deaf Smith County is named for Erastus “Deaf” Smith, who was a scout during the Texas Revolution.

 

Created:  August 21, 1876

County Seat: 

La Plata   1890 – 1898

Hereford  1898 – present

 

County Courthouse – Hereford

 

Location:  235 East 3rd Street / Schley Avenue

Built:  1909 – 1910

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  W Chamberlin & Company of Knoxville, Tennessee

Contractor:  Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story white colored stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city and is faced with white colored marble. The south front has a large portico supported by eight large columns rising to the third story which has windows and a pediment above containing a large star in a circle. The steps are divided with an east and west set up to the portico. A protruding horizontal cornice runs between the second and third stories. The courtroom is located on the south side of the second story. A one story addition was constructed on the north side in 1986.

  

See:  The contractor Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was a two story frame structure built by John A White of Vernon at La Plata in 1891 at a cost of $41,000.  The building was moved to Hereford in 1898 when the county seat changed. The second and present courthouse was cost of construction of the courthouse was $125,000. The courthouse was the second United States courthouse to be faced with marble.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Oldham County

E – Randall County

S – Castro County and Parmer County

W – Curry County, New Mexico and Quay County, New Mexico

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2006, 2016 and 2019