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PECOS COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Fort Stockton, Texas
Pecos County

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Pecos County Courthouse ,  Fort Stockton Texas
Pecos County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2002

Pecos County Courthouse
- Fort Stockton, Texas

Built - 1883
Architect - L.B. Westerman
Remodeled - 1911-12
Extensive Remodeling with new facade
Style - Classical Revival
Material - Stone

According to The Courthouses of Texas: a Guide by Mavis P. Kelsey and Donald H. Dyal, this is the only courthouse that
Pecos County has had. The guide states that the courthouse (built in 1883) once had a dome placed there during a remodeling in 1911-12. The dome is said to have been removed in the 1930s. (See Readers' Comment.)

From the Texas Historical Commission's Atlas: "Central dome removed. Originally built in 1883, partially demolished and remodeled in 1911-12."
Pecos County courthouse with dome, Texas, fort Stockton
Pecos County Courthouse in the early 1900s with dome intact
Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
Pecos County Courthouse ,  Fort Stockton Texas old photo
Pecos County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
Pecos County Courthouse  square gazebo, Fort Stockton Texa
Gazebo in front of the Pecos County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2002

The courthouse square also includes the first school (also 1883) and the "Zero Stone" which was a base point from which all West Texas land surveys originated (stone placed in 1859).

Pecos  County jail, Fort Stockton Texas
The former Pecos County jail in Fort Stockton
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2002

Pecos County Forum

  • According to the Texas Historical Commission, the existing Pecos County courthouse was built in 1911 (top 2 photos) and the architect of record was L.B. Westerman.

    Thanks for compiling such a good source of information! I consistently find myself being directed to Texas Escapes when looking for info on Texas counties. - Kara, October 11, 2005
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