Potter County

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Potter County is named for Robert Potter, an early legislator, secretary of the navy for the Republic of Texas and signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

 

Created:  August 21, 1876

County Seat: 

Amarillo  1887 – present

 

Old County Courthouse – Amarillo  

 

Location:  500 South Fillmore Street / West 6th Avenue

Built:  1931 – 1932

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  William C Townes of Townes, Lightfoot and Funk

Contractor:  C S Lambie & Company

 

Description:  The building faces west and is an eight story white colored stone and concrete structure.  The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The west front of the building has a large stone arch over the three archway entrances. The center section rises seven stories with lower wings on the north and south. The building now houses county offices and courtrooms..

 

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 CountyHutchinson CountyMoore County and Ward County.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was a frame structure built in 1887 at a cost of $150. The second courthouse was built by Mays, Hightower and Jackson in 1888 at a cost of $66,000. The third courthouse is a masonry structure constructed by C H Black in 1896 at a cost of $2538 and still stands at Bowie Street and 5th Street. The fourth courthouse was a three story brick structure designed by James E Flander and constructed by Otho Roquemore in 1902 to 1906. The fourth story was constructed in 1915 at a cost of $23,000. The fifth courthouse was built in 1931 at a cost of $420,000.

 

Other County Courthouses – Amarillo  

 

Amarillo    ( Court of Appeals )

 

Courthouses: 

N – Moore County

E – Carson County

S – Randall County

W – Oldham County

 

 

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Old County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2006, 2016 and 2019