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Parmer County

Parmer County is named for Martin Parmer, an early settler and Texas Revolution veteran.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Deaf Smith County

E – Castro County 

S – Lamb County and Bailey County

W – Curry County, New Mexico

 

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

County Seat: 

Parmerton  1907 – 1908

Farwell       1908 – present

 

County Courthouse – Farwell

 

Location:  401 3rd Street / Avenue D South

Built:  1915 – 1916

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Risser & Townes

Contractor:  W M Rice Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The west front of the building has three arches supported by two large columns at a recessed entrance portico. On the second story is a recessed balcony over the entrance. At the roof line is a white colored stone crest and stone trim. The architect was Risser & Townes and the contractor was W M Rice Construction Company. An addition was constructed on the north side in 1974 to house the Law Enforcement Center. The architect was Warren Pendleton & Associates and the contractor was John C Cornell Inc. On the east side is the old County Jail.

 

See:  The architect, William C Townes of Amarillo also designed the courthouses in Briscoe CountyCastro County, Childress County, Hansford County, Hutchinson CountyPotter County and Ward Countyand in New Mexico in Colfax County and Quay County.

 

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

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1907 at Parmerton and was moved t0 Friona. The building burned. The second and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $50,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Farwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Jail

Photos taken 2007, 2016 and 2019