Polk County

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Polk County is named for James Knox Polk, who was the eleventh president of the United States from 1845 to 1849.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Trinity County and Angelina County

E – Tyler County

S – Hardin County and Liberty County

W – San Jacinto County


Created:  March 30, 1846                       Map of Texas highlighting Polk County

County Seat: 

Livingston  1846 – present


County Courthouse – Livingston


Location:  101 West Church Street / South Washington Street

Built:  1923 – 1924

Style:  Texas Renaissance and Classical Revival

Architect:  McLelland and Fink

Contractor:  Isaac Young


Description:  The building faces north and  is a three story Cordova Cream limestone structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of Courthouse Square in the center of Livingston. The north and south fronts of the rectangular building have large porches with six high white colored columns rising to wide headers with balustrade along the flat roof line. The east and west sides have smaller porches with four white colored columns. The entrances are framed. On the southwest side of the courthouse square is the old red colored brick Courthouse Annex designed by L S Green and constructed in 1905.


Note:  The first courthouse was a log cabin built in 1846. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1854 at a cost of $5,600. The third courthouse was a two story brick structure designed by Eugene Thomas Heiner and constructed by W C Wells in 1884 at a cost of $17,500.


County Judicial Center – Livingston




Location:  101 West Mill Street / South Washington Street

Built:  2009 – 2011

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hester + Hester Architecture

Contractor:  J E Kingham Construction Company


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story brick and concrete structure which has the appearance of a series of separate buildings to compliment the downtown area. The building is located in the center of Livingston to the south of the courthouse and has a series of fronts on the north side with a recessed buff colored brick entrance section at the center. On either side of the center section are red colored brick sections and the outer section are buff colored brick. The roof lines vary in height and design. The outer sections are original buildings which were incorporated into the one building.




County Courthouse – Livingston

























County Courthouse Annex – Livingston









County Judicial Center – Livingston
















photos taken 2014