Details for Ector County Courthouse (Atlas Number 5135001380)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5135001380


Marker Number 1380
Atlas Number 5135001380
Marker Title Ector County Courthouse
Index Entry Ector County Courthouse
City Odessa
County Ector
UTM Zone 13
UTM Easting 749031
UTM Northing 3526460
Subject Codes courthouses
Marker Year 1964
Marker Location 3rd & Grant on Courthouse Square near West entrance of Courtouse facing, Grant Ave.
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text Seat of justice for Ector, created out of Tom Green County in 1887 and organized in 1891. The 1891 courthouse was frame, the remodelled town sanitarium, moved to the present square. Its first floor had rooms for the sheriff, court clerks and Odessa school, while the county and district courtroom was upstairs. As the only public building in town, it provided space for dances. socials and church services. Picnics and baptizings were held at the windmill and tank on the northwest corner of the square. As townsite restriction banned the sale of liquor, Odessa was usually quiet. However, fights broke out when settlers rushed to the courthouse to file claims on public lands. In 1904 a 2-story red stone courthouse was built just east of the early one. On the lawn in 1906 the Christian church was organized. At that time Odessa ha 400 people and little hope for growth, because of drouths and their effects on cattle raising. After oil discoveries of 1926 stimulated Ector's development, a 3-story cement building was erected in 1938. The fourth structure was dedicated April 12, 1964, by governor John Connally.