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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 Irion County Courthouse is a plain brick building without a hint of decoration built in 1937.

    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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