Refugio County

US States / O-U / Texas / Refugio County

Refugio County is named for Nuestra Senora del Refugio Mission which was located near the county.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Victoria County and Calhoun County

E – Aransas County

S – San Patrico County

W – Bee County and Goliad County

Created:  March 17, 1836                       Map of Texas highlighting Refugio County

County Seat: 

Refugio      1836 – 1869

St. Mary’s   1869 – 1871

Rockport     1871

Refugio       1871 – present


County Courthouse – Refugio  

Location:  800 Commerce Street / East Empressario Street

Built:  1919 – 1920

Style:  Texas Renaissance

Architect:  Atlee B Ayres of San Antonio

Contractor:  W H Borglund

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story yellow colored brick structure. The east front has a square brick portico in the center. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Refugio. The base of the building is dark red colored brick. A wide white colored concrete band is along the roof line. An addition was added on the north and south in 1950 which addition is a light yellow colored brick. The architect was Irving  H Dunbar and the contractor was Howard Bumbaugh & Company of San Antonio. On the west side of the building is the one story buff colored brick Juvenile Justice Center constructed in 2003. The architect was Dwayne Corbin and the contractor was Kenneth Gillespie.


See:  The architect, Atlee B Ayres of San Antonio, also designed courthouses in Cameron CountyJim Wells County and Kleberg County.


History:  The county was created in 1836 as one of the original 23 counties and Aransas City was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built. In 1840, the county seat was moved to Refugio and the second courthouse was built in 1840. .The third courthouse was built in 1856. The fourth courthouse was built in 1874. The fifth courthouse was built in 1880 and the sixth and present courthouse was constructed in 1919 to 1920.




County Courthouse – Refugio






















County Juvenile Justice Center – Refugio







Photos taken 2006 and 2014