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Coryell County

Coryell County is named for James Coryell, who was a frontiersman killed by Native Americans.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Hamilton County and Bosque County

E – McLennan County

S – Bell County

W – Lampasas County


Created:  February 4, 1854                    Map of Texas highlighting Coryell County

County Seat: 

Gatesville  1879 – present


County Courthouse – Gatesville  


Location:  620 East Main Street / South 6th Street

Built:  1897 – 1898

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Wesley Clarke Dodson

Contractor:  Tom Lovell of Denton


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story white colored course limestone and sandstone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds of  Courthouse Square in the center of Gatesville. The south front has a large portico supported by four high brown columns rising from the second to third story. Each corner has a pavilion with red colored dome roof. In the building center is an octagonal dome with clock, black colored roof and topped by a small cupola with red colored roof. The roof is hipped. In the interior, two central corridors intersect under the rotunda with stained glass skylight under the dome. A wide stair leads to the second story with corridor leading to the District Court courtroom. The courtroom is oval shaped. On the west side of the first story is the County Court courtroom. The building houses the State District Court, Constitutional County Court and County Court at Law. The building was renovated in 1986 to 1987. The architect was Kim Williams Architects of Austin and the contractor was Baird Williams Construction Inc. of Temple.


See:  The architect,  Wesley Clark Dodson of Waco, also designed the courthouses in Denton County, Fannin County, Hill CountyHood CountyLampasas County and Parker County.


See:  The contractor, Tom Lovell of Denton, also constructed courthouses in Brazonia CountyBrewster CountyDenton CountyHamilton CountyHardeman CountyHill CountyMcLennan County and Runnels County.


History:  The county was created in 1854 and Gatesville was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a wood frame structure built in 1868. The second courthouse was a two story limestone structure built in 1872 at a cost of $12,130. The third and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $74,195 in 1897.



County Courthouse – Gatesville































Photos taken 2006 and 2017