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Cochran County

Cochran County is named for Robert E Cochran, who was a defender of the Alamo.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Bailey County

E – Hockley County

S – Yoakum County

W – Roosevelt County, New Mexico and Lea County, New Mexico

 

Created:  August 21, 1876                      Map of Texas highlighting Cochran County

County Seat: 

Morton  1878 – present

 

County Courthouse – Morton

 

Location:  100 North Main Street / Washington Avenue

Built:  1925 – 1926

Style:  Texas Renaissance

Architect:  William Raymond Kaufman

Contractor:  William M Rice Construction Company of Amarillo

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story buff colored brick, steel and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Morton. The center section rises three stories with two story north and south wings. Vertical pilasters run across the front with a central recessed entrance on the first story. There are vertical panels between the windows. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the courtroom is located on the east side of the second story. The building houses the State District Court, Constitutional County Court and County Justice Court. An addition was constructed in 1967. The architect was Stiles, Roberts and Messersmith and the contractor was H R Bundock Inc. In 1985, an elevator was constructed. The architect was MWM Architects Inc. and the contractor was Knox, Gailey & Meador.

 

See:  The architect, William Raymond Kaufman, designed courthouses in Freestone County and Gray County.

 

See:  The contractor, William M Rice of Amarillo, also constructed courthouses as W M Rice Construction Company in Bailey CountyBriscoe CountyFreestone CountyLimestone County, Lipscomb County, Oldham CountyParmer County and Wood County and designed the courthouse in Lynn County..

 

History :  The county was created in 1876 and Morton was selected as the county seat. The county was administered by  Lubbock County and Hockley County until 1924. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1925 to 1926 at a cost of $126,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Morton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2014 and 2019