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TAYLOR COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Abilene, Texas
Taylor County

Taylor County has had four courthouses:
1972 (Abilene)
1914 (Abilene)
1883 (Abilene)
1879 (Buffalo Gap)

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Current Taylor County Courthouse, Abilene, Texas
Taylor County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, May 2005

The Current Taylor County Courthouse
- Abilene, Texas

Date - 1972
Architect - Tittle, Luther, Loving, Lee.
Style - Modern
Material - Concrete and pink granite

The Third Taylor County Courthouse

Location - Abilene, Texas
Date - 1914
Architect - George L. Burnett
Style - Classical Revival
Material - Brick

300 Oak Street, across the street from the current Taylor County Courthouse
Abilene Texas 1914 Taylor County Courthouse
"The 1914 Taylor County courthouse. The exterior needs a major overhaul, but the building is still in use today."
- Terry Jeanson, January 2007 photo
Abilene Texas former Taylor County Courthouse old photo
The 1914 former Taylor County Courthouse
1939 photo courtsy TXDoT
The 1914 Taylor County courthouse in Abilene, Texas
The 1914 former Taylor County Courthouse
1930 post card courtesy of THC

The Second Taylor County Courthouse

Location - Abilene, Texas
Date - 1883

The 1883 courthouse strongly resembled the 1883 Shackelford County Courthouse in Albany. It was razed to make room for the 1914 courthouse.
1883 Former Taylor county courthouse and jail , Abilene Texas old photo
The 1883 Taylor County Courthouse
Post card courtesy THC
Former Taylor county courthouse and jail , Abilene Texas old photo
An earlier image of the 1883 Taylor County Courthouse and jail
Photo circa 1900 courtesy texasoldphotos.com

The First Taylor County Courthouse
Date - 1879
Location - Buffalo Gap, Texas
Architect - Martin, Byrnes & Johnston
Still standing in Buffalo Gap
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
1879 former Taylor County Courthouse and Jail, Buffalo Gap Texas
The first (1879) Taylor County courthouse and jail, now part of the Buffalo Gap Historic Village in Buffalo Gap.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, May 2005
1879 former Taylor County Courthouse and Jail Historical Marker, Buffalo Gap Texas
Historical marker in front of the 1879 Taylor County courthouse & jail in Buffalo Gap.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, May 2005

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The Ernie Wilson Museum
Located in Taylor County's historic first courthouse and jail. Although Taylor County was organized in July 1868, the building was not completed until May 20, 1880, because of Indian scares and lack of funds. Scene of frequent jail breaks, lynching.

Note cannon balls (marked by arrows) keying limestone blocks.
(1964)
First Taylor county courthouse courtroom, Buffalo Gap, Texas
The courtroom of the original Taylor County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Lexie Nichols & Jordan Gibson, August 2007
Cat Nap in first Taylor county courthouse, Buffalo Gap, Texas
A "cat nap" taken in the original Taylor County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Lexie Nichols & Jordan Gibson, August 2007
Jail cell in first Taylor county courthouse, Buffalo Gap, Texas
The jail cell in the courthouse
Photo courtesy Lexie Nichols & Jordan Gibson, August 2007

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