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Th: three story building with a Bcati - Arts clock tower was built of native
stone and cement block. Old timers recall that the pink stone was quarried at the far
west end of town, near the Sproul House. There are entrances on all four sides, those
on the north and south are recessed with six massive Doric columns supporting the
roof. Originally, the first floor housed six offices, each with a fireplace. A. fireproof
vault is enclosed in the office of the county clerk; there were also two small storage
rooms. The courtroom, jury room, barred detention cell and more offices were on the
the second floor. The third floor was storage space and stairs leading to the clock
The courtroom has a twenty-five foot ornamental pressed tin ceiling. A many
cupped chandelier lighted the courtroom from an acetylene system, that was
installed soon after the courthouse was completed. Simple golden oak railings
separate the bench and the jury from the spectators. The judges bench consisted of a
flat topped desk and chair lighted from above and behind by a fan shaped stain asst-
window .transmitting light from an outside window. A balcony across the rear of the
courtroom was often referred to as the "Buzzard's Roost". The original courthouse had
no running water,septic tank or toilets until 1914 The new building was accepted by
the county officials in early March of 1911 and a dance was held in the courtroom io
christen the new building on March 13th. The courthouse was considered paid for and
the special tax dropped in M1ay of 1920.
In comparing the blueprints and specifications of the proposed courthouse and
the actual building, it appears the building was not completed according to the plans.
Nunmerous decorative and oniamental features included by the architects did not
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Texas Historical Commission. [Historic Marker Application: Jeff Davis County Courthouse], text, 2000; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth391209/m1/11/?q=Jeff%20Davis%20County%20Courthouse: accessed January 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas Historical Commission.