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Jackson County

Jackson County is named for Andrew Jackson, who was the 7th President of the United States from 1829 to 1837.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Greer County and Kiowa County

E – Kiowa County and Tillman County

S – Wilbarger County, Texas and Hardeman County, Texas

W – Harmon County

 

Created:  July 16, 1907                          Map of Oklahoma highlighting Jackson County

County Seat:

Altus  1907 – present

 

County Courthouse – Altus 

 

Location:  101 North Main Street / West Broadway Street

Built:  1910 – 1911

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  C E Hair and Company

Contractor:  Rowles and Bailey of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

Description: The building faces east and is a three story pink-gray colored limestone, granite sandstone and concrete structure. The building is located on the spacious landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Altus. The east front has a large portico supported by four Ionic columns rising to a pediment below the roof line. A wide cornice runs below the flat roof line. The building has a raised basement built of rough-cut red granite sandstone on the first story. The building houses the County District Court of the 3rd Judicial District.

 

Note:  The courthouse originally had a metal dome which was removed in 1938 due to irreparable corrosion.

 

See:  The atchitect, C E Hair also designed courthouses in Choctaw CountyOkmulgee County and Osage County.

 

See:  The contractor, Rowles & Bailey of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, constructed courthouses in Nebraska in Phelps County and Nemaha County; in North Dakota in Pembina County; and in Oklahoma in Grant County

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Jackson County Courthouse

 

See:  The 3rd Judicial District includes Greer CountyHarmon County, Kiowa County and Tillman County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1907 and Altus was selected as the county seat in 1908. The county rented premises until the first and present courthouse was constructed in 1910 to 1911.

 

 

County Courthouse – Altus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2010