Howard County

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Howard County is named for Volney Eskine Howard, who was a United States Representative from Texas.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Borden County

E – Mitchell County

S – Sterling County and Glasscock County

W – Martin County

 

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

County Seat: 

Big Spring  1876 – present

 

County Courthouse – Big Spring

 

Location:  300 South Main Street / West 3rd Street

Built:  1952 – 1953

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Puckett & French

Contractor:  B F Horn Company

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a four story buff colored brick, concrete and tile structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Big Spring. The rectangular shaped building has a project in center section with three vertical openings and recessed entrance. The roof line is flat. The interior is Art Deco style with terrazzo floors and wainscoting. The courtrooms are located on the first and second stories. The building houses the Constitutional County Court. 

 

County District Court – Big Spring

 

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Location:  373 Scurry Street / West 4th Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Big Spring to the west of the courthouse. The east front has a recessed center section with vertical pilasters. The north and south sections project from the main building and have vertical windows. The roof line is flat. The building houses the State District Court.

 

History:  The county was created in 1874 and was attached to Mitchell County for judicial purposes in 1881. Big Spring was selected as the county seat in 1882 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was a two story structure built by J H Milliken in 1884. The second courthouse was a two story red colored sandstone structure designed by Lang & Witchell and constructed by L B Westerman in 1908. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1952 to 1953.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Big Spring

 

 

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County District Court  – Big Spring

 

 

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Photos taken 2014