144 of 254 Scurry County Courthouse, Snyder, Texas. County Population: 16,921 plus wind turbines
"The Comanches were relocated to Oklahoma reservations after the Red River War of 1874–75, and buffalo hunters and ranchers moved into what is now Scurry County. Buffalo hunter J. Wright Mooar began making excursions into the region in 1874, and by 1877 Mooar was said to have killed 20,000 buffalo on the plains. That year William H. Snyder opened a trading post to sell supplies to buffalo hunters in the area, and soon a small settlement of dugouts and tents grew around Snyder's place. The first large ranch in the area was established in 1877 by Tom and Jim Nunn, who drove longhorns from South Texas to land along tributaries of the Clear Fork of the Brazos River.
"Scurry County was established by the Texas legislature in 1876 from lands formerly assigned to Bexar County; in 1880 there were 102 residents, including eight blacks, living in the area. The county was attached to Mitchell County for judicial purposes until 1884, when it was organized. Snyder, the growing trading post, became a townsite in 1882 and the county seat in 1884.
"The area was named for William R. Scurry, a Confederate general."
John Leffler, "SCURRY COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online
I visited Scurry County and photographed the courthouse in Snyder on Thursday, May 17, 2012.
Without a doubt, the 1972 alteration of the historic Scurry County courthouse is the most offensive desecration of a Texas courthouse to date. It's truly sad.