200 of 254 Hockley County Courthouse, Levelland, Texas. County Population: 22,935
"Hockley County is in northwestern Texas, south of the Panhandle and on the Llano Estacado, bordered on the east by Lubbock County, on the south by Terry County, on the west by Cochran County, and on the north by Lamb County. The county, named for George W. Hockley, comprises 908 square miles of generally flat land that drains to numerous playas, the Yellow House River, and Yellow House Lake. Elevations range from 3,300 to 3,650 feet above sea level.
"In 1876 the Texas legislature formed Hockley County from lands formerly assigned to Bexar and Young counties. Because settlers were slow to move into the area, however, the county was assigned to Lubbock County for administrative purposes until 1920.
"Until the early twentieth century, the area was dominated by a few large cattle operations. There were no census returns for Hockley County until 1900, when forty-four people were found living in the area.
"As late as 1920, only 137 people lived in the county, and only 3,235 acres was classified as improved. Nevertheless, by this time county residents wanted their own county government. The county was organized in 1921; Hockley City won over Ropesville in the county-seat contest. Hockley City, where the Littlefield Lands Company sold 464 farm tracts between 1912 and 1920, was renamed Levelland in 1922. Thousands of settlers moved into the county to establish new farms during this period."
John Leffler, "HOCKLEY COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online
I visited Hockley County and photographed the courthouse in Levelland on Thursday, May 8, 2014, a very windy day on the south plains.