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SABINE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Hemphill, Texas

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Sabine County Courthous Hemphill TX
The 1906 Sabine County courthouse
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2010

The Present Sabine County Courthouse
- Hemphill, Texas

Date - 1906
Built in the Beaux-Arts style, a fire in 1909 destroyed the building's dome and clock tower and they were never replaced.
Architect of the original building - A. N. Dawson.
Location - State Hwy 87

Sabine County Courthouse Historical Marker >

Sabine County Courthouse, Hemphill Texas old photo
Sabine County Courthouse as it appeared in 1940
Photo courtesy TXDoT

Sabine County Courthouse Historical Marker

Sabine County Courthous Historical Marker, Hemphill TX
Historical marker affixed to the east side of the courthouse.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2007
Historical Marker Text

Sabine County Courthouse

An 1858 election called for Sabine County offices to be moved from Milam (7 mi. N) to this more central location. The new county seat, Hemphill, was named for former Texas Supreme Court Justice John Hemphill. The first courthouse at this site burned in 1875 and was replaced by a larger frame structure. The present building was started in 1906 by N. A. Dawson under the direction of James Barney Lewis. The two two floors were rebuilt following a fire in 1909 and a remodeling of the structure was completed in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration.
"Milam served as the seat of local government in Sabine County until 1858, when voters decided to move the courthouse to a more central location. E.P. Beddoe drew the assignment of finding the right spot and platting a town there. They named it Hemphill in honor of John Hemphill, former chief justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Texas and of the State of Texas." - by Archie P. McDonald, PhD
Sabine County  seal in Sabine County Courthous Hemphill TX
County seal at the front entrance inside the courthouse.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2007
Hemphill TX - Sabine County Courthouse Courtroom
District Courtroom on the third floor
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2007
Sabine County courthouse, Hemphill Texas today
Another view of the 1906 Sabine County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2007
The 1906 Sabine County courthouse in Hemphill is almost an exact copy of the former 1906 Jackson County Courthouse in Edna.
Jackson County Courthouse, Edna, Texas
The 1906 Jackson County Courthouse in Edna, Texas
Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
Research & photos by Terry Jeanson

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