Hopkins County

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Hopkins

Hopkins County is named for the family of David Hopkins, who was an early settler.

 

Created:  March 25, 1846

County Seat: 

Tarrant                1846 – 1870

Sulphur Springs  1870 – present

 

County Courthouse – Sulphur Springs  

 

Location:  118 Church Street / Jefferson Street East

Built:  1894 – 1895

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  James Riely Gordon of San Antonio

Contractor:  Sonnefield & Emmis of Dallas

 

Description:  The building faces southwest and is a three story granite and sandstone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The southwest corner has a semicircular portico with three arches on the first story and four thin columns on the second story with balcony above on the third story. The south side is two stories and projects from the main building. The east side has a row of arched windows on the third story. On the center of the roof is a high square stone tower with steep red roof. The courtroom is located on the east side of the second story.

 

See:  The architect James Riely Gordon of San Antonio, Texas

 

Note:  The first courthouse was a log cabin built in Tarrant in 1846. The second courthouse was a two story frame structure built in Tarrant in 1854. The third courthouse was designed by F E Ruffini and constructed by J L Gilbert in Sulphur Springs in 1881 and which burned in 1894. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $75,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Delta County

E – Franklin County

S – Wood County and Rains County

W – Hunt County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2010, 2017 and 2019