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Live Oak County

Live Oak County is named for the Texas Live Oak under which a petition was signed for a new county.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Atascosa County and Karnes County

E – Bee County and San Patrico County

S – Jim Wells County and Duval County 

W – McMullen County


Created:  February 2, 1856                    Map of Texas highlighting Live Oak County

County Seat: 

Oakville           1856 – 1880

George West  1880 – present


County Courthouse – George West


Location:  204 Bowie Street / San Marcos Street

Built:  1919 – 1920

Style:  Texas Renaissance

Architect:  Alfred Gilles of San Antonio

Contractor:  Brashear Construction Company


Description:  The building faces north and  is a three story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The north front has a high porch supported by six large white colored columns with recessed entrance and windows. A white colored horizontal band runs above the columns with a projecting cornice above, and the third story above that with small windows on the east and west ends. White colored trim runs along the roof line. In the interior, the large courtroom is located on the west side of the second story and the small courtroom is located on the east side. The building houses the State District Court, Constitutional County Court and County Justice Court. The building was remodeled in 1986. The architect was McCord & Lorenz of Corpus Christie and the contractor was Aslan Corporation of Corpus Christie. The building was further renovated from 1988 to 1992. The architect was McCord & Lorenz of Corpus Christie and the contractor from 1988 to 1991 was Harbor Construction Company and the contractor in 1992 was Ewing Construction Company, Inc. In 1956, a modern one story annex was constructed to the west of the courthouse in 1956. The architect was Wyatt C Hedrick and the contractor was Bill Beasley. The jail was moved to a new building constructed in 1962 and attached to the southeast corner of the courthouse. The architect was Henry Robert Walther and the contractor was Toland Construction Company.


See: The architect, Alfred Giles of San Antonio also desitgned the courthouses in Brooks County, Caldwell CountyGillespie County* Goliad County, ** Kendall CountyPresidio CountyWebb County and Wilson County    * Giles worked with Henry E M Guidon and the Caldwell and Goliad courthouse are similar in design. **Kendall couthouse 1909 addition.


See:  The old County Jail built in 1886 to 1887 is located at 107 Curry Street in Oakville.


History:  The county was created in 1856 and Oakville was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in Oakville by Joseph Bartlett in 1857. The county seat was moved to George West in 1880. In 1879 to 1880, a second story was built by John Tompson. The second courthouse was built in Oakville in 1888 and demolished in 1938 to 1940. The 1885 jail was restored in 2007 and sits in a park in Oakville. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1919 to 1920.



County Courthouse – George West







































County Courthouse Annex – George West







County Jail – George West









Photos taken 2009 and 2019