242 of 254 Carson County Courthouse, Panhandle, Texas. County Population: 6,182
"Carson County, in the center of the Panhandle and on the eastern edge of the Texas High Plains, is bounded on the north by Hutchinson County, on the west by Potter County, on the south by Armstrong County, and on the east by Gray County. The county occupies 900 square miles of level to rolling prairies surfaced by dark clay and loam that make the county almost completely tillable and productive. Carson County ranges from 3,200 to 3,500 feet in elevation.
"Carson County was established in 1876, when its territory was marked off from the Bexar District. The county was named for Samuel P. Carson, the first secretary of state of the Republic of Texas.
"In the later 1880s the railroads reached Carson County. By 1886 the Southern Kansas Railway, a subsidiary of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe, had built from Kiowa, Kansas, to the Texas-Indian Territory border. The Southern Kansas of Texas Railway was formed to extend the line into Texas. Panhandle City, a temporary railhead, was founded in 1887 in anticipation of the railroad line, which finally reached the town in 1888.
"The establishment of ranches and railroad construction led to a need for local government. A petition for organization was circulated through the county in 1888, and in November of that year an election was held. Panhandle, the county's only town at that time, was designated the county seat."
Handbook of Texas Online, Donald R. Abbe, "Carson County"
I visited Carson County and photographed the courthouse in Panhandle on May 6, 2016.
Carson County Courthouse 1909
Carson County Courthouse 1950
As noted above, the courthouses is located in the center of the square. Unlike other such arrangements, the Carson County courthouse doesn't acknowledge all four sides of the square. This is the west facade, and it's clearly the back of the building. I wonder if this was in anticipation of a future addition in this area