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JEFF DAVIS COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Fort Davis, Texas
Jeff Davis County

Jeff Davis County has had two courthouses: 1880 & 1910
Fort Davis, Texas - Jeff Davis County Courthouse SE view
The newly remodeled Jeff Davis County Courthouse
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, 2005

The Jeff Davis County Courthouse -
Fort Davis, Texas

Date - 1910
Architect - L. L. Thurmon & Co., Dallas
Style - Classical Revival, while the clock tower is Beaux-Arts.
Material - Stone and concrete

Ft. Davis had been the county seat of Presidio County, which had included what is now Jeff Davis and Brewster Counties. But the railroad laid tracks through Marfa in 1885 and Marfa became the county seat. The people of Ft. Davis organized their own county, which was approved by the legislature in March of 1887, making Fort Davis again a county seat.

The courthouse lawn features a memorial to Sgt. Manuel Gonzales, "Fort Davis' One-Man Army" who won a Silver Star, Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart for his actions at Salerno and Monte Casino during the invasion of Italy.

Jeff Davis County Courthouse Historical Marker:

Jeff Davis County Courthouse

Designed by the architectural firm of l. L. Thurman and Co. of Dallas, this building was erected in 1910-1911 and replaced the original 1880 adobe courthouse. This concrete and stone Classical Revival edifice, erected by the Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky, is dominated by a massive portico supported by Doric columns. Other distinctive design elements include the alternating horizontal bands of pink rusticated stone made of locally quarried materials and the Beaux Arts style clock tower, which features a Seth Thomas timepiece. The courthouse continues as the seat of local government.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-2000
Fort Davis, Texas - Jeff Davis County Courthouse vintage photo
Jeff Davis County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
Texas - Jeff Davis County Courthouse historical marker
Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, 2005
Fort Davis, Texas - Jeff Davis County Courthouse SW view
Jeff Davis County Courthouse today
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, 2005
Fort Davis, Texas - Jeff Davis County Courthouse restored clock tower
The restored clock tower dome
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, 2005
Photographer's Note:
"The first floor hallway in the Jeff Davis County courthouse has display cases with many interesting artifacts and historical photos." - Terry Jeanson
Fort Davis, Texas - Jeff Davis County Courthouse district courtroom, Fort Davis Texas
The upper gallery in the restored, two-story district courtroom.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2005
Fort Davis, Texas - Jeff Davis County Courthouse courtroom, Fort Davis Texas
The judge's pulpit.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2005
Jeff Davis County Courthouse, Fort Davis, Texas
Jeff Davis County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Chuck Salge, April , 2006
Turnstiles on Jeff Davis County courthouse square, Fort Davis Texas
Turnstiles on the Courthouse Square
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, 2005
The courthouse has turnstiles at the entrance to the walks. If someone knows the reason for this, let us know and we'll share the information with our readers.

Jeff Davis County Forum

About the Courthouse Turnstiles
  • Subject: Jeff Davis County Courthouse - Turnstiles
    I was there this past weekend and can state that the turnstiles are definately still there. In fact, I looked up your magazine to figure out what they were for! - Alissa Andersen, Georgetown, TX, October 3, 2010

  • Jeff Davis County Courthouse
    Here is a recent photo of the newly remodeled Jeff Davis County Courthouse. I don't recall seeing any turnstiles. - Chuck Salge Weslaco, Texas, May 15, 2006

  • Turnstiles on Court House Grounds, Jeff Davis County, Ft. Davis, Texas

  • Around 1993 when I had taken a group to the Big Bend and we stayed at the Prue Ranch, I asked one of the local citizens about the turnstiles on the Jeff Davis Court House grounds. She informed me that they were placed there to keep the burros out. Originally, trade between the US and Mexico was conducted by traders using the burros as pack animals to carry the trade goods. When the burros were replaced by wagons, the traders let the burros run loose. The burros made the court house grounds part of their home. They became such a nuisance that the locals built the fence and the four turnstiles around the court house to keep them out. - John Gibbs, March 25, 2006

  • Subject: Courthouse turnstiles
    Your Question: "The courthouse has turnstiles...." In 1978 I got myself married up right there in the Courthouse. I had the same question. I was told the turnstiles were to keep the cow and goats from wandering onto the lawn and eating the grass, the only real lawn in town. I am really enjoying your website. - Jim Bibb, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, March 29, 2002

    Regarding the turnstyle at the Fort Davis courthouse, your reader, Jim Bibb, is correct. I have seen turnstyles used on several ranches to keep livestock out of yards, vegetable gardens, etc. while still allowing humans to pass freely. - Sincerely, Bick Eubanks, June 24, 2002
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