Lipscomb County Courthouse

Lipscomb County Courthouse (HM1RFK)

Location: Lipscomb, TX 79056 Lipscomb County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 14.028', W 100° 16.264'

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Established in 1886 and organized the following year with Lipscomb as county seat, Lipscomb County was named for Abner S. Lipscomb, an associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court in the 1840s-1850s. A one-story wood frame building served as the first county courthouse.
During the first decade of the 20th century, the number of farms and ranches in the county more than doubled, and the population more than tripled that of the 1900 census. In 1915, county voters approved the issuance of bonds for a new, larger courthouse to serve the governmental functions of a growing county. The commissioners court selected William M. Rice of Amarillo as both architect and general contractor for the project. Edward S. Altmiller, who had been the contractor for the 1910 Lipscomb County jail, served as construction superintendent.
Rice designed the courthouse in the Classical Revival style, with style-defining features such as the arched doorway and the triangular pediment supported by Doric order columns over the entrance. Design and construction took place primarily during 1916, with final details completed in early 1917.

Despite its status as the smallest town in the county, largely the result of being bypassed by the railroad, Lipscomb retains its designation as county seat. The Lipscomb County courthouse, which dominates the town site, continues to function as the center of government and politics for county residents.
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Marker Number12483
Year Placed2000
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 385778 N 4010629
Decimal Degrees36.23380000, -100.27106667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 14.028', W 100° 16.264'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 14' 1.68" N, 100° 16' 15.84" W
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Area Code(s)806
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Main Ave, Lipscomb TX 79056, US
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