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Palo Pinto County

Palo Pinto County is named for the Palo Pinto Creek which is the Spanish meaning “painted stick”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Young County and Jack County 

E – Parker County and Hood County

S – Erath County and Eastland County

W – Stephens County  and Young County


Created:  August 27, 1856                      Map of Texas highlighting Palo Pinto County

County Seat: 

Palo Pinto  1856 – present


County Courthouse – Palo Pinto  


Location:  520 Oak Street / South 5th Avenue

Built:  1939 – 1940

Style:  Texas Renaissance

Architect:  Preston M Geren and M A Howell

Contractor:  Commissioners Court using local labor and trades


Description:  The building faces south and is a four story buff-yellow colored sandstone structure. The building is located on the landscaped  grounds of Courthouse Square in the center of the city. The south front has a slightly projecting center section with central arched entrance on the first story. And rising to a pediment at the roof line. The east and west wings project from the main building. The base of the building is course stone. The roof line is flat. This was a Work Projects Administration project. To the south of the courthouse is the old  County Jail.


Note:  During construction, the Commissioners Court awarded contracts to Carson Plumbing & Heating Company ( plumbing & heating ), E C Beaty ( electricity ), Elliot H Shields ( millwork ), Relience Clay Products Company ( brick ), Mineral Wells Clay Products Company ( tile ), Acme Brick Company ( fire brick & glazed tile ), Big Cjief Lumber Company ( Portland cement ), Fort Worth Structural Steel Company ( lath and iron ) and Simms Hayes Lumber Company ( lime & gypsum plaster ).


Note:  The first courthouse was a wood frame structure built in 1857 at a cost of $3000. The second courthouse was constructed by Martin, Byrne & Johnston in 1882 at a cost of $35,000. An addition was constructed in 1906. Sandstone for the buildings was quarried south of the city. The third and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $250,000.



County Courthouse – Palo Pinto 





























Old County Jail – Palo Pinto 







Photos taken 2014 and 2019