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Brooks County

Brooks County is named for James Abijah Brooks, who was a Texas Ranger and a legislator.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Duval County, Jim Wells County and Kleberg County

E – Kleberg County and Kenedy County

S – Hildalgo County and Starr County 

W – Jim Hogg County

 

Created:  March 11, 1911                       Map of Texas highlighting Brooks County

County Seat: 

Falfurrias  1911 – present

 

County Courthouse – Falfurrias  

 

Location:  117 East Miller Street / South Saint Marys Street

Built:  1914

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Alfred Giles of San Antonio

Contractor:  Westlake & Mitzell

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on spacious grounds in the center of Falfurrias. The east front has a large recessed porch with four columns rising to a wide header at the roof line. The windows are arched on the second story. The third story windows are small. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the floor plan is cross axial with an entrance on each side. There are ceramic floor tiles, marble bases, plaster walls and wood paneling. At the north end of the first story is the monumental staircase. The County District Court courtroom is located at the center of the second story and extends up into the third story with a balcony at the rear. The building houses the State District Court and Constitutional County Court of the 5th Administrative Judicial Region.. The building was restored in 2010. The architect was Mark Whitmore of Corpus Christi and the contractor was J C Stoddard Construction Company of San Antonio.  On the southeast side is the one story County Courthouse Annex built in 1960. To the northeast is the County Blumer Building.

 

See: The architect, Alfred Giles of San Antonio also desitgned the courthouses in * Caldwell CountyGillespie County, * Goliad County, ** Kendall CountyLive Oak CountyPresidio CountyWebb County and Wilson County    * Giles worked with Henry E M Guidon and the Caldwell and Goliad courthouse are similar in design. **Kendall courthouse 1909 addition.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Brooks County Courthouse

 

See:  The 5th Administrative Judicial Region has a main office in Corpus Christie in Nueces County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1911 and Falfurrias was selected as the county seat. The county used rented premises. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1914 at a cost of $55,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Falfurrias

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Blumer Building – Falfurrias

Photos taken 2014 and 2019