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KENT COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Jayton, Texas

Kent County has had two courthouses
1893 - Clairemont
1957 - Jayton

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Jayton Tx - Kent County Courthouse
Kent County Courthouse
Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009

The Present Kent County Courthouse - Jayton

Date - 1957
Architect - Wyatt Hedrick
Style - Modern
Location - Hwy 70, Jayton

The Former Kent County Courthouse - Clairemont
Date - 1893
Architect - Martin, Byrnes, and Johnston
Style - Italianate
Former Kent County Courthouse, Clairemont, Texas
The 1893 courthouse in Clairemont. "The courthouse was a victim of a fire and the second floor was destroyed."
1939 photo courtesy TXDoT
Remains of the former Kent County Courthouse in Clairemont, Texas
The former Kent County Courthouse is the community center in Clairemont today.
Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, Nov. 2003
Photographer's Note:
I had first thought that the community center was probably built from the bricks of the old court house after it was razed, but when you look at the 1939 image you have of the courthouse, it actually appears that they removed the second floor of the courthouse and left the first floor intact. You can tell from pictures that the windows match up perfectly. I did some research on the net today and from what I found, the courthouse was a victim of a fire and the second floor was destroyed. I didn't find anything verifying the date it burnt... - Erik Whetstone, June 03, 2004

Kent County map circa 1889
Kent County Map as drawn by Sidney Porter, aka O. Henry. c.1889
Photo Courtesy Texas General Land Office

Kent County Forum
  • I have a history book that was written about Kent County and its people. It states that first Commissioner's Court was held out in the open on November 16, 1892. - Dale McFadin, August 19, 2003

  • Jayton Tx - Kent County Centennial Marker
    Kent County 1936 Centennial Highway Marker at courthouse grounds
    Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
    Kent County Centennial Marker Plaque
    Kent County 1936 Centennial Marker Plaque
    Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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    Centennial Marker Text

    KENT COUNTY

    Formed from
    Young and Bexar territories
    created August 21, 1876
    organized November 8, 1892

    Named in honor of
    Andrew Kent
    who fell at the Alamo
    Clairmont, the county seat, 1892
    Jayton, since 1952

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