Irion County

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Irion County is named for Robert Anderson Irion, who was a secretary of state in the Republic of Texas.

 

Created:  March 7, 1889

County Seat: 

Sherwood  1889 – 1936

Mertzon     1936 – present

 

County Courthouse – Mertzon 

 

Location:  209 North Park View Street / West Sherwood Avenue

Built:  1936 – 1937

Style:  Moderne

Architect:  David S Castle of Abilene

Contractor:  Baleanz Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The rectangular building sits on a hill with spacious grounds. The east front has a central entrance on the first story. The building has ornamentation. The roof line is flat. The courtroom is located on the east side of the second story..

 

See:  The architect, David S Castle of Abilene, designed courthouses in Borden CountyHansford County, Mitchell CountyReagan CountyStephens CountySterling CountyUpton County and Winkler County.

 

Old County Courthouse – Sherwood

 

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Location:  SE – Washington Avenue / Madison Street

Built:  1900 – 1901

Style:  Second Empire

Architect:  Martin & Moodie

Contractor:  Martin & Moodie

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the town. The west front and east side have projecting center sections with arched entrance on the first story, large window on the second story and gable roof at the top. The north and south sides have on story arched entrances. On the center of the roof is a high square cupola with clock face at the top. The roof is hipped. The building served as the courthouse until 1937, when the county seat was moved two miles south to Mertzon. The building now serves as a community center..

 

Note:  The painted clock face shows the exact time that President Abraham Lincoln dies as the area had a small pocket of Republicans. The stone for the building was quarried in the area.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Sterling County and Tom Green County 

E – Tom Green County 

S – Schleicher County and Crockett County

W – Reagan County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Old County Courthouse – Sherwood

 

 

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Photos taken 2014 and 2019