146 of 254 Lubbock County Courthouse, Lubbock, Texas. County Population: 308,392
"Lubbock County is one of the oldest inhabited places in the state, if not the
oldest. [Lubbock Lake National Historic and State Archeological Landmark]
"In the middle of the nineteenth century West Texas was considered a part of the "Great American Desert." As Capt. Randolph B. Marcy remarked after a reconnaissance through the area in 1849, "not a tree, shrub, or any other object, either animate or inanimate, relieved the dreary monotony of the prospects; ... ." The myth dissolved in the 1870s when the region was explored by hunters who moved across the plains slaughtering the buffalo herds. Lubbock County was split off from the Bexar District by the legislature on August 21, 1876, as an unorganized county and was successively attached for administration to Young, Baylor, and Crosby counties.
"The new county was named for Col. Thomas S. Lubbock, former Texas Ranger, Confederate officer, and brother of a former governor.
"Formal organization of Lubbock County came on March 10, 1891, when an election was held for the purpose and Lubbock was made the county seat."
Lawrence L. Graves, "LUBBOCK COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online
I visited Lubbock County and photographed the courthouse in Lubbock on Friday, May 18, 2012 and on Thursday, May 8, 2014.