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KING COUNTY COURTHOUSES
County Seat - Guthrie, Texas

King County has had four courthouses:
1891
ca. 1905
1914
1982


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The present King County courthouse with the 1914 county courthouse in the background.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2007

The Present King County Courthouse
- Guthrie, Texas

Date - 1982
Architect - T. Renfro
Style - Modern
Material - Brick
Guthrie Texas - King CountyCourthouse Historical Marker
King County Courthouse Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2007
Historical Marker:

KING COUNTY COURTHOUSE

Created in 1876, King County organized in 1891. Its first courthouse, a two-story frame structure, was destroyed in 1905 by a tornado. The next house of justice, built of sandstone, burned in 1914. That same year, the county hired Fort Worth architect Ernest E. Churchill to design a new courts building. The two-story concrete structure served as the courthouse until 1982, when the county converted it to a library and built a new courthouse. The Classical Revival edifice exhibits prairie-style influences. Today, it remains a testament to the aspirations of early 20th-century King County residents.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1962

The 1914 King County Courthouse
- Guthrie, Texas

Architect: Ernest E. Churchill
Style: Classical Revival with prairie-style influences
Material: Concrete and steel

Now the county museum.
1914 King County courthouse, King C
Early morning shot of the 1914 King County courthouse.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2007
King County Museum

The 1914 King County courthouse is now the county museum.

Photo courtesy Greg Havilande, July 2004

More Texas Museums
1914 Former King County Courthouse, Guthrie Texas
The 1914 King County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
The 1905 King County Courthouse
- Guthrie, Texas
Burned in 1914.
1905 2-story sandstone King County Courthouse, Guthrie Texas
"King County Courthouse, 1913. This building later burned."
Photo courtesy THC


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