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Leon County

Leon County is named for a yellow wolf which lived in the area and was nicknamed “leon” being the Spanish word for “lion”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Limestone County and Freestone County

E – Anderson County and Houston County

S – Madison County and Brazos County

W – Robertson County


Created:  March 17, 1846                       Map of Texas highlighting Leon County

County Seat: 

Leona         1846 – 1850

Centerville  1850 – present


County Courthouse – Centerville


Location:  204 East Saint Mary’s Street / Commerce Street

Built:  1886 – 1887

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  William Johnson and George Edwin Dickey

Contractor:  P G Gillen of Mississippi


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red-brown colored brick structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Centerville. The south front has a central entrance on the first story with small one story portico with four thin columns rising to a balcony on the second story. The roof is hipped. In the interior, the wainscoting is a dual color and there are many fireplaces although no longer functional. The ceilings on the first and second story are beaded lumber rather than plaster and pressed metal. In the entrance lobby a narrow wood staircase ascends to the second story where the courtroom is located on the south side. The courtroom has a high 20 foot ceiling. The building houses the State District Court and Constitutional County Court. The building was restored in 2007. The architect was Sinclair & Wright and the contractor was Phoenix I Restoration & Construction, Ltd.


Note:  The architect William Johnson appears on the cornerstone, however Houston architect George Edwin Dickey was responsible for the building’s design.


Note:  The courthouse is one of the oldest courthouses in Texas. On the east side of the courthouse is the old red colored brick jail and the one story red colored brick Courthouse Annex I. The jail was constructed by The South Structural Steel Company of San Antonio in 1913. The Courthouse Annex I was designed by Robert W Caldwell and Associates Planning Consulting and Russell L Stogsdill Architect and constructed by Thurmond & Stuart of Bryan in 1973.


HistoryThe county was created in 1846 and Leona was selected as the county seat. In 1850, the county seat was moved to Centerville. The first courthouse was a two story frame structure built in 1851 at a cost of $2,200. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1858. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1886 at a cost of $28,000.



County Courthouse – Centerville

























County Office – Centerville





Old County Jail – Centerville





Photos taken 2014