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    ECTOR COUNTY COURTHOUSE
    County Seat - Odessa, Texas

    Ector County has had four courthouses:
    1891, 1904, 1938, 1964
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    Odessa TX - Ector County Courthouse
    Ector County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson

    The Present Ector County Courthouse -
    Odessa, Texas

    Date - 1964
    Architect - Peters and Fields
    Style - Moderne
    Material - Concrete and steel

    Location - 3rd & Grant Ave.

    The building is built around the 1938 courthouse. It has all the distinctive characteristics of the period.

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    Historical Marker: (on the courthouse square)

    Ector County Courthouse

    Seat of justice for Ector, created out of Tom Green County in 1887 and organized in 1891.

    The 1891 courthouse was frame, the remodelled town sanitarium, moved to the present square. Its first floor had rooms for the sheriff, court clerks and Odessa school, while the county and district courtroom was upstairs. As the only public building in town, it provided space for dances. socials and church services. Picnics and baptizings were held at the windmill and tank on the northwest corner of the square. As townsite restriction banned the sale of liquor, Odessa was usually quiet. However, fights broke out when settlers rushed to the courthouse to file claims on public lands.

    In 1904 a 2-story red stone courthouse was built just east of the early one. On the lawn in 1906 the Christian church was organized. At that time Odessa ha 400 people and little hope for growth, because of drouths and their effects on cattle raising.

    After oil discoveries of 1926 stimulated Ector's development, a 3-story cement building was erected in 1938.

    The fourth structure was dedicated April 12, 1964, by governor John Connally.

    1964
    Odessa TX - Ector County Courthouse historical marker
    Ector County Courthouse Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson
    Present Ector County Courthouse,  Odessa, Texas old postcard
    The 1964 Ector County Courthouse
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
    The 1938 Ector County Courthouse
    Odessa, Texas
    Architect - Elmer Withers
    Texas - 1938 Ector County Courthouse , 1939 old photo
    The 1938 Ector County Courthouse
    1939 Photo courtesy TXDoT
    1938 Ector County Courthouse, Odessa, Texas old post card
    Another view of the 1938 Ector County Courthouse
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
    1938 Ector County Courthouse, Odessa Texas old postcard
    Postcard text: "Beautiful Modern Ector County Court House"
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
    The 1904 Ector County Courthouse
    Odessa, Texas
    1904 Ector County Courthouse oil painting, Odessa, Texas
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2006
    Oil painting of the 1904 2-story red stone Ector County courthouse displayed at east side entrance of current courthouse.
    The 1904 Ector County Courthouse,  Odessa, Texas
    1930 photo courtesy THC
    The 1904 Ector County Courthouse
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