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Dallam County

Dallam County is named for James Wilmer Dallam, who was a lawyer and newspaper publisher.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Union County, New Mexico and Cimarron County, Oklahoma

E – Sherman County

S – Hartley County

W – Union County, New Mexico

 

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

County Seat: 

Texline  1876 – 1903

Dalhart  1903 – present

 

County Courthouse – Dalhart

 

Location:  414 Denver Avenue / East 5th Street

Built:  1921 – 1922

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Smith and Townes

Contractor:  A F Stewart Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Dalhart. The building has a raised basement. The south front has a small portico supported by four high Ionic columns. On the east and west sides, the porticos have two high columns. A band of white colored stone trim follows the top of the columns around the building and above that is a decorative cornice and near the roofline is a narrow band of white colored stone trim. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the entrance vestibule is small and there are staircases on the east and west sides. The County Court courtroom is located on the first story and the District Court courtroom is located on the second story and used to rise into the third story with a balcony. The building houses the State District Court, Constitutional County Court and County Justice Court. The Annex was constructed in 1957.

 

History:  The county was created in 1876 and Texline was selected as the county seat in 1891 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was a wood frame structure built by W M Andrews and R J Tofflemire in Texline in 1891 at a cost of $2,664. In 1903, the county seat was moved to Dalhart and the second courthouse was constructed by John A White of Vernon at a cost of $14,375. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1921 to 1923 at a cost of $200,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Dalhart 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2006, 2016 and 2019