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SUTTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Sonora, Texas

The 1891 Courthouse is the only one Sutton County ever had.

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Sutton County Courthouse, Sonora, Texas
Sutton County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2002

The Sutton County Courthouse
- Sonora, Texas

Date - 1891
Architect - Oscar Ruffini
Style - Second Empire
Material - Local limestone

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Historical Marker on corner of Water and Main Streets, Sonora:

Sutton County Courthouse

This building site of all land transactions incident to development of county. Water well, a few feet from building, was first water here, where sheepmen watered their flocks, hence locating here as a home. Father of founder of the townsite killed father of one of West Texas' most prominent families on site of Courthouse over argument concerning watering sheep.
Sutton County Courthouse Mansard roof, Sonora, Texas
Sutton County Courthouse detail
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2002
Courthouse with all the historical markers in front.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2005
Sutton County Courthouse, Sonora, Texas old photo
An early view of the Sutton County Courthouse
Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
Sutton County courthouse, Sonora, Texas old photo
Sutton County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
Sonora Texas downtown in 1898
Downtown Sonora in March 1898. Sutton County courthouse is the prominent building at the end of Main Street where it still stands.
Photo courtesy Sonora Chamber of Commerce
Courthouse cornerstone
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2005
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The recently restored first floor hallway
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2006
"The pale green walls and gold stencil decoration around the ceiling is repeated throughout the courthouse."
- Terry Jeanson, June2006
"The restored district courtroom.
Although the exterior of this courthouse had been restored and rededicated on June 11, 2002, the interior was still unfinished during my initial visit in March of 2005. In June of 2006, the interior was just about finished. The final touches were being added to the interior of the courtroom when I took this picture."
- Terry Jeanson, June2006
Sutton County Courthouse, Sonora, Texas old postcard
Another view of the Sutton County Courthouse
Postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/ ~txgenweb// postcards/Index.html

Courthouses Designed by Ruffini, , F. E. and Oscar

  • Blanco County Courthouse (former) - Blanco
  • Concho County Courthouse - Paint Rock
  • Crockett County Courthouse, Ozona
  • Hays County Courthouse, 1882, San Marcos
  • Sutton County Courthouse, Sonora
  • Tom Green County Courthouse, San Angelo
  • Robertson County Courthouse, Franklin

    Oscar Ruffini also designed the recently remodeled Collin County Jail in McKinney.
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