Dickens County

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Dickens County is named for J Dickens, who died at the Battle of the Alamo

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Motley County

E – King County

S – Kent County

W – Crosby County

 

Created:  August 21, 1876                      Map of Texas highlighting Dickens County

County Seat: 

Dickens  1876 – present

 

County Courthouse – Dickens

 

Location:  512 Montgomery Street / 5th Street

Built:  1892 – 1893

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  E L Aiken of Hardeman County

Contractor:  W E L Aiken of Hardeman County

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story buff colored course stone structure. The building is located on spacious grounds in the center of Dickens. The west front has a central entrance with two large arches and recessed entrance on the first story. Above the porch is a recessed section with large arched window. The windows are narrow and vertical. The roof line is flat with a wide concrete band. The former courtroom was located on the second story.  In 1936, the building was remodeled an addition added and the central tower removed by Nugent Construction Company of Spur.

 

Note:  The stone used in the construction of the courthouse was brought from a quarry two miles northwest. The building originally had a central tower with domed cupola.

  

County Courthouse Annex – Dickens

 

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Location:  512 Crow Street / 5th Street

Built:  2013 – 2015

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Komatsu Architecture of Fort Worth

Contractor:  Collier Construction of Lubbock

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a one story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on the east side of the courthouse in the center of Dickens to the east of the courthouse. The entrance is located at the northwest corner with a recessed doorway and two large arches. The southwest corner has an arched windows. The roof line is flat. The building houses the State District Court, Constitutional County Court and County Justice Court. 

 

History:  The county was created in 1876 and Dickens was selected as the county seat in 1891 when the county was organized. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1892 to 1893 at a cost of $19,475. The County Courthouse Annex was constructed in 2013 to 2015.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Dickens

 

 

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Former courtroom

 

 

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Picture 1893 Courthouse before 1936 renovations

 

 

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County Courthouse Annex

 

 

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County Jail

 

 

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Photos taken 2014 and 2019