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Mills County

Mills County is named for John T Mills, who was an early judge in Texas.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Brown County and Comanche County

E – Hamilton County

S – Lampasas County

W – San Saba County


Created:  March 15, 1887                       Map of Texas highlighting Mills County

County Seat: 

Goldthwaite  1887 – present


County Courthouse – Goldthwaite  


Location:  1011 4th Street / Fisher Street

Built:  1912 – 1913

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Henry Truman Phelps of San Antonio

Contractor:  Gordon-Jones Construction Company of San Antonio


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story brown colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on the spacious grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Goldthwaite.  The north front has a projecting center section with entrance and two arched windows on the first story and six columns rising to a wide pediment at the roof line. A horizontal belt runs between the first and second stories. The foundation is course stone and the roof line is flat. In the interior there is a small rotunda at the center with skylight. The large courtroom is located on the second story and extends into the third story with a gallery There is marble wainscoting, Corinthian pilasters and coffered ceiling. The building houses the State District Court, Constitutional County Court and County Justice Court. The building was renovated from 2006 to 2011. The architect was 1113 Architects Inc. and the contractor was J C Stoddard Construction Company. On the southeast corner is the old County Jail built in 1888.


See:  The architect Henry Truman Phelps of San Antonio, Texas


History:  The county was created in 1887 and Goldthwaite was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story stone structure designed by Oscar Ruffini of San Angelo and constructed by John Carmack of Lampasasin 1890. The building was destroyed by fire. The second and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $68,031.



County Courthouse – Goldthwaite 





































Old County Jail – Goldthwaite 



Photos taken 2014