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HOWARD COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Big Spring, Texas

Howard County has had three courthouses:
1884, 1908 and 1953

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The 1953 Howard County courthouse in Big Spring
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February 2007

The Present Howard County Courthouse
- Big Spring, Texas

Date - 1953
Architect - Puckett & French
Style - Modern
Material - Brick, concrete and tile

Howard County courthouses old and new
Howard County Courthouse Old & New
Photo courtesy of Doyle Phillips / FotoGrafica

The third courthouse was built in 1953 to replace one from 1908.
"Progress is not necessarily forward. In the mid-fifties the new Soviet-style courthouse was erected. The beautiful and architecturally-tasteful red sandstone structures from 1908 were demolished. Left of the courthouse stands the Sheriff's residence and jail. To the right is the old courthouse showing the side entrance. Behind the courthouse is the City Hall and Fire House." - Doyle Phillips

Big Spring TX - 1953 Howard County Courthouse & Settles Hotel old postcard
The 1953 Howard County Courthouse.
Note the Hotel Settles on the right.
Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/

The 1908 Howard County Courthouse

1908 Howard County courthouse in Big Spring Texas
The 1908 red sandstone courthouse
before the streets and lawn were complete.
Photo courtesy of Doyle Phillips / FotoGrafica
"About 1910. Note Bandstand and next to it is the fire station which later housed City Hall and, at one time, the city/county library." - Doyle Phillips
The 1908 Howard County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT

The 1884 Howard County Courthouse

"The 1884 Howard County Courthouse. As a boy of 9, I watched the destruction of the old 1908 red sandstone courthouse. As I recall, Simon Terazzas bought the stones and built a house for himself which still stands in the southwest section of town." - Photo courtesy Gary Dunnam
The 1884 Howard County Courthouse
Photo courtesy of Doyle Phillips / FotoGrafica

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