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Kaufman County

Kaufman County is named for David Spangler Kaufman, who was a Jewish Texas state senator and the first Jewish member of the United States House of Representatives.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Rockwall County and Hunt County

E – Van Zandt County

S – Henderson County

W – Ellis County and Dallas County


Created:  February 26, 1848                  Map of Texas highlighting Kaufman County

County Seat: 

Kaufman  1848 – present


County Courthouse – Kaufman  


Location:  100 West Mulberry Street / North Washington Street

Built:  1955 – 1956

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Wyatt C Hedrick of Fort Worth ( A Warren, Morey and McGill of Dallas )

Contractor:  Lee-Emmert Contractors


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick, steel, aluminum and black colored marble structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The south front has a large recessed center section with green-blue wall paneling. The east and west wings extend forming a courtyard. The roof line is flat.


See:  The architect, Wyatt C Hedrick of Fort Worth also designed courthouses in Austin CountyBrazoria CountyCoke CountyComanche County, Kent County, Motley CountyWalker County and Yoakum County.


See:  The 1st Administrative Judicial Region has a main office in McKinney in Collin County.


Note:  The first building used as a courthouse in 1851 was renovated by G R Paschal. The first courthouse was built by Hugh Yarbrough of Tyler in 1861. The second courthouse was built by James Brown from 1870 to 1872. The third courthouse was designed by Wesley Charles Dodson of Waco and constructed by Aubrey, Solon and Laude in 1887 for a cost of $69,569. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $526,210,000 after the low bid of Lee-Emmert of $542,510,000 was reduced by agreement.



County Courthouse 2010 – Kaufman 













County Plaque



Cornerstone 1896-1897 Courthouse



County Courthouse 2014 – Kaufman 













Picture 1887County Courthouse

Photos taken 2010 and 2014