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FRIO COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Pearsall, Texas

Frio County has had four courthouses:
1904 - Pearsall
1878 - Frio Town
1872 - Frio Town

1871 - Frio Town

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Frio county Courthouse, Pearsall Texas
The 1904 Frio County courthouse today.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson January, 2007

The Present Frio County Courthouse
- Pearsall, Texas

Date - 1904
Architect - H. T. Phelps
Material - Brick
The 1904 Frio County Courthouse has been altered in 1937and 1950.

"When it was originally built, this courthouse had a third story, a hipped roof with dormers and a bell tower in the center over the front entrance with a pyramidal cap." - Terry Jeanson
Frio county Courthouse, Pearsall Texas old postcard
The 1904 Frio County courthouse before remodeling
Postcard courtesy THC
Frio County Courthouse Pearsall Texas old photo
The 1904 Frio County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
Frio county Courthouse entrance, Pearsall Texas
Detail over the front entrance of the courthouse.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson January, 2005
TX - Frio County historical marker
Frio County historical marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009

1878 Frio County Courthouse
in Old Frio Town
The 1872 courthouse in Frio Town, the first county seat, was burned in 1877. A new stone courthouse was constructed with assistance of local rancher W. J. Slaughter, and is still standing today on private property in Old Frio Town.
1877 Frio county Courthouse, Old Frio Town, Texas
The remains of the 1878 Frio County courthouse in Old Frio Town.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson January, 2007.
"The old courthouse is about 16 miles northwest of Pearsall on FM 140 on the opposite side of the road from the Old Frio Town cemetery. It is not close to the road and is on private property. Do not trespass! The first story is completely covered by overgrown brush. I took this photo from the top of a ladder on the side of the road using the digital zoom on my camera." - Terry Jeanson , December 28, 2007
Frio Town TX - Old Frio County Courthouse
The 1878 Frio County courthouse as it appeared in the 1980s
Photo courtesy Josa Combs
Frio Town TX - Old Frio County Courthouse cornerstone
Frio Town Old Frio County Courthouse cornerstone
"Erected A.D. 1878"
More Old Frio County Courthouse Photos
Photos courtesy Josa Combs
Former Frio County courthouse, Frio Town, Texas
The former Frio County Courthouse in Frio Town
Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com

Ghost Town Honeymoon
Or Lunamiel en el Rio Frio
Story and Photographs By Josa Combs

A newly-wedded couple drives to desolate Frio County in the late 1980s to camp alongside the Frio River. Thanks to the kindness of a mysterious writer, they’re allowed to discover the crumbling ruins of Frio County’s first seat of government. more

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