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Dickens County Courthouse

County Seat – Dickens
Built – 1893
Style – Romanesque Revival
Architect – E I Aiken
Photos taken – 11/29/17

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see Dickens County Jail

 

Of course, Dickens County has been something I’ve looked forward to for sometime.  Maybe the namesake and I have some common ancestry. This county is one of the least populated counties in Texas – with maybe about 500 people. The courthouse has been remodeled at least twice – removing the hipped roof & central tower. Some restoration & stabilization occurred in 2014.  they seem to have some idea of a complete restoration with the hip roof and tower sometime in the future depending on funding.  The wood ceilings give a historic touch.  And the courtroom was quite unusual – with the judge’s bench in a corner.  I’m not sure I’ve seen that in any other courthouse.  They were preparing for a trial – but the sheriff invited us in for photos before they started.  Different reception than we get in some other counties.  There is a modern county office annex located behind the original courhouse.