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IRION COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Mertzon, Texas

Irion County has had two courthouses:
1937 - Mertzon
1901 - Sherwood

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"The 1937 Irion County courthouse has a nice hilltop location."
Terry Jeanson, June 2005 photo
The 1937 Irion County Courthouse is a plain brick building without a hint of decoration.

History - see Mertzon, Texas

Photographer's Note:
The 1937 Irion County courthouse was designed by the David S. Castle Company. Castle designed several handsome Classical Revival style courthouses in Texas during the 1920s. In the late 1930s, Castle's designs had matured to the more severe, Art-Moderne style, as seen in the 1937 Irion County courthouse, the 1938 Sterling County courthouse and the 1939 Borden County courthouse. - Terry Jeanson
Mertzon Tx Irion County Courthouse
The 1937 Irion County courthouse in Mertzon
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2010
Irion County Courthouse, Mertzon, Texas
Irion County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
Irion County Courthouse, Texas, architectural drawing
An Architectural drawing of the courthouse
Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com

The 1901 Irion County Courthouse in Sherwood

A former courthouse is still standing less than two miles away in Sherwood. This much more handsome building was built in 1901 when Sherwood was the county seat.

Photographer's Note:
The 1901 Irion County courthouse was designed by architects Martin and Moody (sic). The same architects also designed the 1899 McCulloch County courthouse and the 1902 Newton County courthouse. - Terry Jeanson
Sherwood TX - 1901 Irion County Courthouse
The 1901 Irion County Courthouse in Sherwood
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2005
Sherwood TX -  Irion CountyCourthouse Historical Marker
Sherwood Courthouse historical marker
Courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2005
 
Historical Marker Text

Sherwood Courthouse

(Built 1900-1901)
First permanent courthouse for Irion County, locally organized 1889. Replaced temporary housing in several buildings. Site was gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ripley. Contractors: Martin and Moody. Stone was quarried nearby.

Courthouse was used for dances, teachers' institutes, community events; yard, for summer socials.

Enclosed to keep out grazing stock, approach was by a stile over fence beside which were water troughs and hitching posts for teams and saddle horses.

A 1936 election made Mertzon county seat. Once pride of area, this is now a community center.
(1971)
Sherwood TX - 1901 Irion CountyCourthouseClockTower with painted clock face
The courthouse's clock tower with the time painted on.
Courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2005
Sherwood TX 1901 Irion County Courthouse Entrance
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2005
Former Irion County courthouse in Sherwood Texas
Sherwood courthouse tower
TE photos, 2000
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