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Crockett County Courthouse
County Seat - Ozona, Texas

Crockett County has had two courthouses:
1891 and 1902

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The restored 1902 Crockett County Courthouse
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2011

The 1902 Crockett County Courthouse

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According to Courthouses of Texas by Mavis Kelsey, Sr. and Donald Dyal, there had been faux clock faces painted on the main tower. The building is described as a Second Empire design, with the architect being one of the Ruffini Brothers. In this case it was Oscar, who was also responsible for neighboring Sutton County Courthouse. Brother F.E. designed the Concho County Courthouse in Paint Rock. Oscar also designed the Ozona High School.

"This is Crockett County's second courthouse. According to the Texas Historical Commission's County Atlas (http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/shell-desig.htm) the first courthouse was built in 1891, the year the county was officially organized. It was a wood frame structure built by Sam T. Smith, the town carpenter." -
Terry Jeanson
TX Crockett County Courthouse Historical Marker
Crockett County Courthouse Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2011
Historical marker text

CROCKETT COUNTY COURTHOUSE

Built 1902. Second courthouse for county. American Gothic architecture, planned by Oscar Ruffini, San Angelo. Material is fine stone quarried nearby on Meyer and Couch properties. Cost $30,000.

Early day community social center. Used for cowboy dances, box suppers, Christmas trees, roundup celebrations.

In 1909 arc light was added to steeple, to signal sheriff and guide travelers to town.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1966
Crockett County Courthouse TX old photo
Crockett County courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
The Restored 1902 Crockett County Courthouse
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The front (west side) of Crockett County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2011
Photographer's Note:
"During my visit to Ozona in December of 2009, I found the courthouse in a state of restoration. The roof was pretty much finished with a noticeable color change to the Mansard cupola over the front entrance and the pyramidal caps on the corner pavilions. Another restored feature included the “bulls-eye” or “ox-eye” moldings on the Mansard cupola, ostensibly for clocks that were never installed. The original moldings had been removed some time ago. The interior was still mostly untouched and construction crews were busy building new furniture for the upstairs courtroom.

When I returned in October of 2011, the interior and exterior restoration had been completed. The entrances have new wooden doors and the interior wooden wainscoting has been restored, along with the wooden balustrade for the staircase. The courtroom’s wooden furnishings have also been restored (and in some cases rebuilt) along with the stained glass in the fan lights over the arched windows in the building’s central bays and over the entrance to the courtroom." - Terry Jeanson, October 2011
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"Window and Mansard cupola over the front entrance. The oiel-de-boeuf (French for "bulls-eye") molding has been restored on each side of the cupola." - Terry Jeanson
"Front entrance gallery. When built, each side of the building had a gallery, but the gallery on the east side (rear) has been covered up for the addition of office space and a portion of the gallery on the south side has also been enclosed." - Terry Jeanson
Courtroom after restoration
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2011
Courtroom doors from inside the courtroom.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2011
Staircase after restoration
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2011
Staircase before restoration
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2009
TX - Crockett County Courthouse Cornerstone
"Courthouse cornerstone to the right of the front entrance. Another cornerstone to the left of the front entrance lists the county officials at the time of construction." - Terry Jeanson, December 2009 photo
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Crockett County courthouse
Old Photo courtesy THC
Crockett County courthouse
Crockett County courthouse in Ozona, Texas
Crockett County courthouse in 2001
Photo courtesy Jason Penney

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