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DALLAM COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Dalhart, Texas

Dallam County has had 3 courthouses:
1876 courthouse in Texline
1903,
and the present 1922 courthouse

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Dallam County Courthouse, Dalhart, Texas
The 1922 Dallam County Courthouse
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, April 2004

The Present Dallam County Courthouse -
Dalhart, Texas

Date: 1922
Architect: Smith and Townes
Style: Classical Revival
Material: Brick
Dallam County courthouse, Dalhart , Texas old photo
Dallam County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
Historical Marker

Dallam County Courthouse

Created in 1876 and organized in 1891, Dallam County was named for Republic of Texas Attorney James W. Dallam (1818-1847). Texline, located on the line of the Fort Worth and Denver City Railroad and the only town in the county when it was organized, served as first county seat.

A courthouse was built in 1891. Ten years later, when the Rock Island Railroad built a line through the county, the new town of Dalhart was established where the Rock Island and Fort Worth and Denver City rail lines crossed. The county commissioners court voted to move the county seat to Dalhart in 1903, and in May that year an election was held to approve bonds for a courthouse. County government soon outgrew the 1903 building, and in 1922 the voters approved more bonds for a new courthouse.

Designed by the Amarillo architectural firm of Smith & Townes, this Classical Revival structure was completed in 1923. Built of brick with cast stone detailing, the building rises from a rusticated ground floor to more finely detailed upper stories, and features Ionic columns, curvilinear parapets, and denticulated cornice. A fine example of its style, the courthouse continues to serve the citizens of Dalhart and Dallam County.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1991

Dallam County courthouse, Dalhart , Texas
The southeast corner of the courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2008
Photographer's Note:
The style of the Dallam County courthouse mimics two earlier Texas county courthouses in Lynn County and Freestone County. - Terry Jeanson
Dallam County courthouse, Dalhart , Texas
Southwest corner of the courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2008
Dallam County Courthouse, Dalhart, Texas
Another view of the Dallam County Courthouse
Old postcard courtesy THC
Dalhart Texas Dallam County courthouse Stone crest on roof parapet over  front entrance
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2008
Dallam County courthouse east side portico, Dalhart , Texas
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2008

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