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first courthouse
FIRST COURTHOUSE WAS IN BUFFALO GAP (restored)

History has seen four courthouses in Taylor County. The first was in Buffalo Gap, Texas , the original
location of the County Seat. When the railroad was constructed through Abilene, bypassing
Buffalo Gap, it was only a few months until the growth of Abilene indicated its future as the
metropolitian center of the county. Not without a lot of hard feelings and threats from both sides,
the county seat was moved to Abilene. The original courthouse has been restored and is part of
the "Historical Village" in Buffalo Gap.

2nd courthouse
Picture reprinted with permission of the Abilene Preservation League.
SECOND COURTHOUSE

The 1883 heated election moved the county seat from Buffalo Gap to Abilene. The following year saw construction begin on Abilene's first courthouse. It was a grand addition to the rapidly growing town.

third courthouse
THIRD COURTHOUSE

In 1912 the1884 courthouse was razed to make room for the third courthouse. It is currently as pictured
above and still houses some of the county offices.

new courthouse image
THE PRESENT COURTHOUSE

In the late 1960s a location just west and across the street was selected for a new courthouse. It turned out
to be a good location and a very impressive facility was completed in 1972. The photograph labeled
"Present Courthouse" is how it appears today.



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SITE INDEX

QUERIES

A listing of message boards


TIMELINE FOR TAYLOR COUNTY
Covers the period 1763 to present. Link for world timeline included.

CEMETERIES

Directions, pictures, burial lists


LOOKUP VOLUNTEERS
The "life blood" of a genealogy site... Can you help?


VALUABLE GENEALOGICAL WEBSITES
There are a 'blue million'... these I've found most useful


MILITARY PEOPLE, RECORDS & EVENTS
CSA pension records, war dead since 1863


RECOMMENDED READING
Includes 1922 Taylor County rural schools with student lists


HINTS & TIPS
Got a good tip or something new?..Put it here


THE RAILWAY IN TAYLOR COUNTY
History, pictures, maps


ABILENE POSTCARDS
Various buildings and locations in Abilene


MAILING LISTS
A mailing list for almost any subject...a list of 55


LOST WORDS
An "off subject" list of words no longer in common use


YOUR UNKNOWN PICTURES
Let readers help identify unknown people, places or things.


TAYLOR COUNTY VITAL RECORDS
birth, death, marriage, and divorce


OTHER COUNTY RESOURCES
To help you 'navigate' when searching in Taylor County


TAYLOR COUNTY TOWNS - PAST AND PRESENT
Present names, previous names, pictures

PEOPLE AND EVENTS IN TAYLOR COUNTY HISTORY
Individuals, families, pictures


TAYLOR COUNTY SURNAMES
Past or present residents of Taylor County


MISCELLANEOUS MATERIAL
Items of possible interest to others submitted by the readers.




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