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Sabine County

Sabine County is named for the Sabine River which forms the eastern border of the county and “sabine” is Spanish word meaning “cypress”.


Surrounding County and Parish Courthouses: 

N – Shelby County

E – Sabine Parish, Louisiana

S – Newton County and Jasper County

W – San Augustine County


Created:  March 17, 1836                       Map of Texas highlighting Sabine County

County Seat: 

Milam      1838 – 1858

Hemphill  1858 – present


County Courthouse – Hemphill  


Location:  201 Main Street / South Oak Street

Built:  1906 – 1907

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  N A Dawson

Contractor:  N A Dawson and James Barney Lewis


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Hemphill. The north front has a porch on the first story with recessed arched entrance. A wide staircase leads up to the porch. There are double pillars at each corner and at the porch area which has a pediment rising above the roof line. The base of the building is lighter red colored brick. Fire damaged the building in 1909. The building was finished in 1938 under the Works Project Administration. At rear of the building is the old buff colored stone Jail built in 1903.


History:  The county was creat in 1836 as one of the original 23 counties and Milam was selected as the couty seat. In 1875, the county seat was moved to Hemphill. The first courthouse was built in 1858. When the courthouse burned, the second courthouse was built in 1875. The thir and present courthouse was constructed in 1906 to 1907.



County Courthouse – Hemphill























Old County Jail – Hemphill









Photos taken 2010 and 2017