Taylor County

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Taylor County is named for Edward Taylor, George Taylor and James Taylor, three brothers who died at the Battle of Alamo.

 

Created:  February 1, 1858

County Seat: 

Buffalo Gap  1878 – 1883

Abilene         1883 – present

 

County Courthouse – Abilene

 

Location:  300 Oak Street / South 3rd Street

Built:  1970 – 1972

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Tittle, Luther, Loving & Lee

Contractor:  Rose & Sons Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a four story pink colored granite and concrete Modern style structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The building has a narrow pillars rising to the fourth story and forming an overhang with the interior glass walls being recessed. The fourth story is faced with pink colored granite and has few windows. The roof line is flat. .

 

Old County Courthouse – Abilene

 

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Location:  301 Oak Street / South 4th Street

Built:  1914 – 1915

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  George L Burnett

Contractor:  A Z Roger

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a third story rectangular brick style structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city to the east of the courthouse. The building has the entrance in the center of the first story. The first story is dark red colored brick and upper stories are white colored brick with red colored brick trim.

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Note:  The first courthouse was designed by Marti, Byrnes & Johnston and built in Buffalo Gap in 1880. The second courthouse was designed by Jasper N Preston & Son of Austin and built in 1883 in Abilene.

 

 

Courthouses: 

N – Jones County

E – Callahan County

S – Coleman County and Runnels County

W – Nolan County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Old County Courthouse

 

 

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Buffalo Gapp – site of courthouse

 

 

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Buffalo Gap – Old County Jail

 

 

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Photos taken 2006 and 2014