Erath County is named for George Bernard Erath, who was an early surveyor and a soldier at the Battle of San Jacinto.
Created: January 25, 1856
Stephenville 1856 – present
County Courthouse – Stephenville
Location: 100 West Washington Street / South Belknap Street
Built: 1891 – 1892
Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: James Riely Gordon of San Antonio
Contractor: S A Tomlinson
Description: The building faces northeast and is a three story red colored sandstone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The building is constructed of Pecos red colored sandstone and cream colored limestone. On each side of the building are peaked gable roofs. The windows are arched and trimmed with red sandstone. The tower extends to a height of 95 feet with a clock and steep roof at the top. The interior has a wrought iron staircase. The building was renovated in 1988. The architect was Huckabee & Donham of Stephenville and the contractor was Ray J Miller Construction Company, Inc. of Meridian.
See: The architect James Riely Gordon of San Antonio, Texas
Note: The first courthouse was a frame structure built in 1856 and which burned in 1866. The second courthouse was a stone structure built by J D Parnell & J J Porter in 1876. The third and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $75,000.
County Justice Center – Stephenville
Location: 112 West College Street / South Graham Avenue
Built: 1987 – 1988
Architect: Fred Parker
Contractor: Vernon Gun.
Description: The building faces northwest and is a one story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of the city. The center section along the front, projects with the recessed entrance on the south side The windows are vertical and a brown colored band runs along the flat roof line. The building is named as the Donald R Jones Justice Center.
County Justice Center
Photos taken 2006 and 2014