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WARD COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Monahans, Texas

Ward County has had two courthouses:
1940 - Monahans
1893 - Barstow

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Ward County Courthouse, Monahan, Texas
The 1940 Ward County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, 2005

The Present Ward County Courthouse
- Monahans, Texas

Date - 1940
Architect - Townes & Funk
Style - Moderne
Material - Concrete & stone

The 1940 courthouse replaces the 1893 Ward County Courthouse that stood in Barstow, now razed.

"The 1940 Ward County courthouse was built with a rooftop jail which is no longer in use. The building has since been surrounded by modern additions." - Terry Jeanson

A Brief History of Ward County

Thomas William Ward was a Texas soldier and land commissioner, while John Monahans dug the first water well between the Pecos River and Big Spring. Barstow was the First County Seat in Ward County (5 miles East of Pecos).

Barstow was named after George Eames Barstow, a brilliant pioneer irrigation scientist from Rhode Island who used water from the Pecos River to produce abundant and profitable fruit and grape crops until a devastating flood and a succession of droughts stopped things cold. Shortly after farming stopped in Barstow, oil was discovered in Monahans. George Barstow came to West Texas in 1905 and is now buried in the cemetery. The current population of Barstow is just over 500 people.
Monahans TX - Ward County Courthouse Inscription
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, 2005
"The entrance facade to the district courtroom is surrounded in black marble. The statement above the door reads as follows:

WARD COUNTY BUILDING 1940 A.D.
Reverently dedicated to the men and women who, in the face of untold menaces, have revealed to a needful nation this our empire and its manifold treasures, leaving it an unforgotten heritage of courage, hope, strength, freedom and honor." - Terry Jeanson
Monahans TX - Ward County Courthouse Texas Silhouette
A map of Texas in the tile floor outside the district courtroom with Ward County highlighted.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, 2005
Judge and gravel Courthouse sign in Monahan
The Judge wore Spurs
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Temporary Ward County courthouse, Monahans, Texas



The "Ward County Courthouse" when it was temporarily housed at City Hall

1939 photo courtesy TXDoT

The 1893 Ward County Courthouse in Barstow
The former courthouse built in 1893 was razed in the 1950s. The red sandstone used for the courthouse was quarried locally and was also used in the construction of the first bank in Ward County.
Razed 1893 Ward Counnty Courthouse, Barstow, Texas
The former 1893 Ward County Courthouse in Barstow
Early 1900s photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
Razed 1893 Ward Counnty Courthouse, Barstow, Texas
The courthouse in Barstow as it appeared in the mid-thirties right before the move to Monahans.
Photo courtesy TXDoT

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