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Gray County

Gray County is named for Peter W Gray, a lawyer and soldier in the American Civil War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Roberts County

E – Wheeler County

S – Donley County

W – Carson County

 

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

County Seat:

Lefors   1902 – 1928

Pampa  1928 – present

 

County Courthouse – Pampa

 

Location:  200 North Russell Street / Frost Street

Built:  1927 – 1928

Style:   Classical Revival and Beaux Arts

Architect:  William R Kaufman & Son

Contractor:  Harlan L Case Company

 

Description: The building faces south and is a four story red-brown colored brick and Texas limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Pampa. The south front of the building faces onto a small park. The building has Georgian ornamentation. On the second story are small stone balconies. White Indiana limestone trim is around the windows and along the roof. The roof line has stone projections along the top. In the interior, the wainscoting in the halls and foyer is dark red colored marble. The plaster walls are a light cream color and the steps of the three main stairways are dark red colored marble. The woodwork is oak. The courtroom on the south side of the third story has golden oak benches, a 12 foot ceiling and carved oak panels. The building houses the State District Court and Constitutional County Court. The building was restored in 2003. The architect was Architexas Architecture and the contractor was Phoenix I Restoration and Construction Ltd.

 

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

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Gray County Courthouse

 

History:  The county was created in 1876 and Lefors was selected as the county seat in 1902 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was designed by S B Owens and constructed by N E Weckesser in Lefors in 1902 at a cost of $2,208. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1927 at a cost of $267,974.

 

 

County Courthouse – Pampa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2007, 2014 and 2019