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Smith County

Smith County is named for James Smith, who was a general during the Texas Revolution.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Wood County and Upshur County

E – Gregg County and Rusk County

S – Cherokee County

W – Henderson County and Van Zandt County


Created:  April 11, 1846                          Map of Texas highlighting Smith County

County Seat: 

Tyler  1846 – present


County Courthouse – Tyler  


Location:  100 North Broadway Avenue / East Ferguson Street

Built:  1953 – 1954

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Thomas Jameson & Merrell and E Davis Wilcox

Contractor:  Rambo Construction Company


Description:  The building faces west and is a six story concrete, buff colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Tyler. The central section rises six stories with three vertical rows of windows in the center and small windows on the north and south. The north and south wings are two stories with vertical windows. Dark red colored granite frames the west central entrance. In the interior, the hallways are lined with marble. The building houses the County District Court. 


New County Courthouse – Tyler  


Picture 1910 County Courthouse


Location:  100 North Spring Street / East Ferguson Street

Built:  2024 – 2026

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Fitzpatrick Architects of Tyler

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building will face west and will resemble the 1910 courthouse when constructed in 2024to 2026..


County Courthouse Annex – Tyler  



Location:  200 East Ferguson Street / North Spring Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces west and is a five story brown colored exterior, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Tyler to the northeast of the courthouse. The south and west sides have dark colored glass on the third to fifth stories. The southwest entrance is recessed. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Constitutional Court, County Court at Law and County Justice Court.


History:  The county was created in 1846 and Tyler was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a log cabin built in 1846. The second courthouse was a log cabin built in 1848. The third courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1851. The fourth courthouse was s brick structure designed by Thomas Heiner and constructed by E L Clay & W W Kidd in 1876 at a cost of $3,000. The fifth courthouse was a brick and stone structure designed by Charles Henry Page Jr. and constructed by M M Whitney in 1910. The sixth courthouse was constructed in 1955 at a cost of $1,500,000 and will be demolished when the seventh courthouse is constructed in 2026 at a cost of $179,000,000.


Other Courthouses / Court of Appeals


Tyler  (  Twelfth Court of Appeals  ) 



County Courthouse – Tyler













County District Court courthouse















County District Court courtroom













County Courthouse Annex – Tyler





Photos taken 2010 and 2019