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Lipscomb County

Lipscomb County is named for Abner Smith Lipscomb, who was a justice of the Texas Supreme Court from 1846 to 1856 and secretary of state of the Republic of Texas in 1840.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Beaver County, Oklahoma

E – Ellis County, Oklahoma

S – Hemphill County

W – Ochiltree County


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

County Seat:

Lipscomb  1876 – present


County Courthouse – Lipscomb 


Location:  100 South Main Avenue / Main Street

Built:  1915 – 1916

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  William M Rice of Amarillo

Contractor:  William M Rice of Amarillo and Edward S Altmiller


Description: The building faces west and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Lipscomb. The building is rectangular and the west front has a large portico supported by four large white colored columns rising to a pediment above the roof line. A wide cornice runs below the flat roof line. The third story is a recessed attic. The courtroom is located on the north side of the second story. The building houses the State District Court and Constitutional County Court. On the south side of the courthouse is the Old County Jail.


See:  The contractor, William M Rice of Amarillo, also constructed courthouses as W M Rice Construction Company in Bailey CountyBriscoe CountyCochran CountyFreestone CountyLimestone County, Oldham County, Parmer County and Wood County and designed the courthouse in Lynn County..


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Lipscomb County Courthouse


History:  The county was created in 1876 and Lipscomb was selected as the county seat in 1887 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was a one story wood frame structure built in 1888. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1915 to 1916.



County Courthouse – Lipscomb 















Old County Jail – Lipscomb





Photos taken 2010