I left Albuquerque on Saturday morning, May 19, and, several hours later, re-entered Texas in the afternoon on US 380 in Yoakum County. Plains, the county seat, is on the Llano Estacado. It's an out of the way town, west of Brownfield and just 16 miles from Bronco, on the New Mexico state line. There are 2 courthouses in Plains, the current one dates from 1949.
Just west of the current courthouse is the 1927 courthouse, now a museum.
Heading east on US 380 it's 32 miles to Brownfield, seat of Terry County. This is flat land, devoted to large scale farming and oil, lots of oil, baby!
The 1925 Terry County courthouse is undergoing a restoration. So, I'll be returning to Brownfield another day. Here's the current state of construction.
28 miles east of Brownfield is the seat of Lynn County, Tahoka. I haven't been able to determine the source of the word Tohoka, but I assume it's a Native American word. The town is in the center of the county and due south of Lubbock. The 1916 courthouse is in average condition. A restoration would be appropriate.
It was 5:00 PM when I left Tohaka. Driving east, I entered Garza County and drove through Post again, turning south and east on US 84. From there, it was an hour and a half drive to Abilene and the home of my aunt and uncle.
Leonard G. Lane, Jr., AIA
- Chronological Order (of my visits)
- County List (alphabetical)
- Texas Courthouse Blog
- James Riely Gordon, Architect
- Eugene T. Heiner, Architect
- Henry T. Phelps, Architect
- Alfred Giles, Architect
- Corneil G. Curtis, Architect
- Wesley Clark Dodson, Architect
- Lang & Witchell Architects
- Voelcker & Dixon, Architects
- Wyatt C. Hedrick, Architect
- David S. Castle, Architect
- Page Brothers, Architects
- James Edward Flanders, Architect
- Pierce, Norris, Pace & Associates, Architects & Engineers