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Midland County

Midland County is named for the fact that the county is located halfway between Fort Worth and El Paso on the Texas and Pacific Railway.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Martin County

E – Glasscock County

S – Upton County

W – Ector County

 

Created:  Marc 4, 1885                           Map of Texas highlighting Midland County

County Seat: 

Midland  1885 – present

 

County Court House – Midland

 

Location:  500 North Loraine Street / West Michigan Street

Built:  1981 – 1983

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces southeast and is an eleven story concrete and glass structure. The building is located in the center of Midland. The east entrance is a one story section with glass walls. The windows are horizontal with vertical sections near the corners. The first story has few windows. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the floor of entrance foyer has a large county seal. The County District Court courtroom is located on the east side of the tenth story. The building houses the County District Court, Constitutional County Court and County Court at Law of the 7th Administrative Judicial Region. The building was formerly the Heritage Center  Building occupied by Texaco. The building was purchased by the county and renovated in 2008 to 2010. The architect was Parkhill, Smith & Copper. The building was occupied by the county in 2010.

  

Note:  The 7th Administrative Judicial Region has a main office in the Midland County Courthouse in Midland.

 

Former County Courthouse – Midland ( Demolished )

 

 

Location:  200 West Wall Street / South Colorado Street

Built:  1929 – 1930  Demolished – 2015

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Voelcker and Dixon

Contractor:  J O Everett of Dallas

 

Description:  The building faced south and was a three story cream colored concrete structure. The building was located on landscaped grounds in the center of Midland.. The south front had a portico with recessed entrance on the first story. A series of vertical pillars run along the second and third stories which were recessed with an overhanging roof. The roof line was flat. The building was remodeled in 1974. The architect was Dixon and Staley and the contractor was J W Cooper Company. The building was demolished in November 2015.

 

See:  The architect, Voelcker & Dixon designed other courthouses in Cottle CountyGrayson County,Gregg CountyJack CountyKnox CountyRockwall County, Van Zandt County and Wilbarger County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1885 and Midland was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story structure designed and built by Hunter and Weller in 1885 at a cost of $2,935. The second courthouse was a two story structure constructed by William Martin in 1905 at a cost of $26,000. The third courthouse was constructed in 1930 at a cost of $319,000. The building was remodeled in 1974. The building was later demolished in 2015. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1981 to 1983 at a cost of $11,000,000 and purchased by the county in 2008 and occupied in 2010. The cost the renovations was $31,600,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Midland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Commissioners Meeting Room

 

 

  

 

Former County Courthouse – Midland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2014 and 2019