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Deaf Smith County

Deaf Smith County is named for Erastus “Deaf” Smith, who was a scout during the Texas Revolution.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Oldham County

E – Randall County

S – Castro County and Parmer County

W – Curry County, New Mexico and Quay County, New Mexico


Created:  August 21, 1876                      Map of Texas highlighting Deaf Smith County

County Seat: 

La Plata   1890 – 1898

Hereford  1898 – present


County Courthouse – Hereford


Location:  235 East 3rd Street / Schley Avenue

Built:  1909 – 1910

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  W Chamberlin & Company of Knoxville, Tennessee

Contractor:  Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story white colored stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Hereford. The building is faced with white colored marble. The south front has a large portico supported by eight large columns rising to the third story which has windows and a pediment above containing a large star in a circle. The steps are divided with an east and west set up to the portico. A protruding horizontal cornice runs between the second and third stories. In the interior, the walls and floors are white colored marble and the stairs have black colored iron railings. The courtroom is located on the south side of the second story. The building houses the State District Court, Constitutional County Court and County Justice Court.  The building was renovated in 1959 to 1960. The architect was John Preston Work and the contractor was Timmons Construction Company. A one story addition was constructed on the north side in 1986.


See:  The contractor Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky.


History:  The county was created in 1876 and La Plata was selected as the county seat in 1890 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was a two story frame structure built by John A White of Vernon in 1891 at a cost of $41,000.  The building was moved to Hereford in 1898 when the county seat changed. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1909 to 1910 at a cost of $125,000. The courthouse was the second United States courthouse to be faced with marble.



County Courthouse – Hereford 







































Photos taken 2006, 2016 and 2019