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Dawson County Courthouse
County Seat - Lamesa, Texas

Dawson County has had two courthouses: 1905 and 1916

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1916 Dawson County Courthouse , Lamesa Texas
"The 1916 Dawson County courthouse today, stripped of its classical details. The 1952 annex is to the left of this picture." - Terry Jeanson, February 2007 photo

The Present Dawson County Courthouse
- Lamesa, Texas

Date: 1916
Architect: Sanguinet and Staats
Style: Texas Renaissance
Material: Brick
1952 annex and remodeling: Allen and Allen
1916 Dawson County Courthouse  north side, Lamesa Texas
"The 1916 Dawson County courthouse, north side. The roof parapet, portico and staircase are long gone and the entrance has been sealed up to house the environmental equipment, but the outline of the original entrance is still noticeable." - Terry Jeanson, February 2007 photo
Dawson County Courthouse courtroom, Lamesa Texas
County courtroom on the 4th floor of the Dawson County courthouse. Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February 2007

Dawson County Courthouse Murals

A former 'guest' of the Dawson County jail was enlisted to paint murals on the empty slabs of concrete over the entrances to the courthouse. His efforts were successful in adding some much needed character to the courthouse's exterior. - Terry Jeanson
Dawson County Courthouse
The 1916 Dawson County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939.

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Dawson County Courthouse, Lamesa, Texas
Another early view of the 1916 Dawson County Courthouse

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The 1905 Dawson County Courthouse
Lamesa, Texas
The first Dawson County Courthouse, Lamesa, Texas
The 1905 Dawson County Courthouse

1909 photo courtesy THC
1936 Centennial Marker Text

Dawson County

Created February 1, 1858.
Recreated August 21, 1876 from Bexar Territory organized February 13, 1905
Named in honor of Nicholas Mosby Dawson 1808-1842 who fought at the Battle of San Jacinto and fell at Dawson's Massacre.
Lamesa, County Seat.

1936
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