Hutchinson County is named for Andrew Hutchinson, who was an early attorney in Texas.
Surrounding County Courthouses:
N – Hansford County
E – Roberts County
S – Carson County
W – Moore County
Created: August 21, 1876
Plemons 1901 – 1926
Stinnett 1926 – present
County Courthouse – Stinnett
Location: 500 Main Street / 6th Street
Built: 1926 – 1927
Style: Texas Renaissance
Architect: William C Townes
Contractor: C S Lambie and Company
Description: The building faces west and is a four story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Stinnett. The building has a raised basement. The west front has a protruding section with high arch trimmed with gray colored concrete. A protruding cornice runs below the third story and another below the roof line. In the interior there is a vestibule on the second story with a grand marble staircase ascending to the third story. The floors are terrazzo with black colored border, black colored marble bases, gray and white colored paneling and patterned plaster walls and coffered ceilings. A large lone stat is inlaid in the terrazzo floor. In the northwest corner is the County Court courtroom. The judge’s bench is the original oak bench in front of a tripartite solid oak panel with pediment. On the third story are two District Court courtrooms with oak judge’s benches. The building houses the State District Court, Constitutional County Court and County Justice Court. The fourth story housed the jail until 1982.
See: The architect, William C Townes of Amarillo also designed the courthouses in Briscoe County, Castro County, Childress County, Hansford County, Parmer County, Potter County and Ward County, and in New Mexico in Colfax County and Quay County.
See: The contractor, C S Lambie & Company, also constructed courthouses in New Mexico in Quaty County, Roosevelt County and Sierra County and in Texas in Childress County, Gregg County, Moore County, Potter County and Ward County.
See: National Register of Historic Places – Hutchinson County Courthouse
History: The county was created in 1876 and Plemons was selected as the county seat in 1901 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was a dug-out structure built by J P Orr in Plemons in 1901 at a cost of $95. The second courthouse was a frame structure designed by H W Wright and constructed by E E Ackers in Plemons in 1901 at a cost of $2,670. When the county seat was moved to Stinnett in 1926, the courthouse was an office building until the present and third courthouse was constructed in 1927 at a cost of $341,880.
County Courthouse - Stinnett
Photos taken 2006, 2016 and 2019