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THE MILLS COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Goldthwaite, Texas

Mills County has had two courthouses: 1890 and 1913
See Mills County Courthouse Historical Marker

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Goldthwaite TX - Mills County Courthouse under restoration
Mills County Courthouse under restoration
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2010

The Present Mills County Courthouse -
Goldthwaite, Texas

Completed in 1913 after their first courthouse (c. 1890) burned
Architect - Henry Phelps
Style - Classical Revival
Material - Brick, stone and concrete
Address - 1011 Fourth St

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

"In January of 2008, Mills County was awarded a grant of $5 million by the Texas Historical Commission for the restoration of their courthouse." - Terry Jeanson

Mills County Courthouse Historical Marker

Mills County Courthouse 1939 old photo -  Goldthwaite Texas
The 1913 Mills County courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
Historical Marker Text

Mills County Courthouse

Mills County Courthouse Mills County was formed in 1887, and citizens built a county jail in Goldthwaite the following year. In 1889, Goldthwaite was chosen county seat, and Oscar Ruffini designed the first courthouse; it served at this site from 1890 through 1912, when it was destroyed by fire. The county hired noted San Antonio architect Henry T. Phelps to design this courthouse, completed in 1913 by the Gordon-Jones Construction Company. Phelps chose the Classical Revival style for the three-story structure with basement, using a rectangular form, a central, ornamental pediment and fluted, engaged columns.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2002
Goldthwaite Texas - Mills County Courthouse historical marker
Mills County Courthouse historical marker
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2005
Goldthwaite Texas - Present Mills County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2007
Goldthwaite Texas - Mills County Courthouse back view
Courthouse back view
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2005
Goldthwaite Texas - 1913 Mills County Courthouse cornerstone
1913 Mills County Courthouse cornerstone
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2007
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Goldthwaite TX - Mills County Courthouse
Another view of the Mills County courthouse
Photo courtesy Jim and Lou Kinsey, 2003
Goldthwaite TX - Mills County Courthouse Rotunda
Mills County Courthouse Rotunda
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2006
Goldthwaite TX Confederate Statue
Confederate Statue on courthouse grounds
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2010
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The 1890 Mills County Courthouse
- Goldthwaite, Texas

Burned in 1912
First (1890) Mills County courthouse, Goldthwaite, Texas
The first (1890) Mills County Courthouse and courthouse square
1908 photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
Goldthwaite, Texas, the first Mills County Courthouse, burned
The 1890 Mills County Courthouse
1907 photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
Goldthwaite, Texas - 1890 Mills County Courthouse Cornerstone
1890 Mills County Courthouse Cornerstone
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2007
More Texas Cornerstones
"The cornerstone from the 1890 courthouse, which burned in 1912, is sitting in front of the current courthouse. The architect, Oscar Ruffini, used the same plans for the 1891 Sutton County Courthouse. The plans were also previously used by the architect's brother, Frederick Ruffini, to design courthouses in Blanco County, Callahan County and Concho County." - Terry Jeanson, October 2010

Mills County Towns and Ghost Towns

Mills County Seat - Goldthwaite
  • Big Valley
  • Caradan
  • Center City
  • Democrat
  • Ebony
  • Mount Olive
  • Mullin
  • Priddy
  • Regency
  • Ridge
  • Star
  • Photographer's Note:
    "It seems funny that this central Texas county was organized after some of the Panhandle counties. One of my favorite articles on TE is "Sagging Symbols" by Dwight Young. Mr. Young makes a reference to some of the Texas courthouses being "the architectural paperweight that kept the town from blowing away." I think that is certainly true in Goldthwaite." - Terry Jeanson, October 12, 2010
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