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==== Record Loss  ====
==== Record Loss  ====
'''Childress, TX Cottle County Courthouse Fire, Oct 1891'''  
'''1891'''--Childress County Courthouse destroyed by fire on October 21, 1891.&nbsp; All records were lost.&nbsp;<ref>GenDisasters.com - Childress, TX Courthouse Fire, Oct 1891 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/7340/childress-tx-childress-county-courthouse-fire-oct-1891</ref>
CHILDRESS, Tex., Oct. 21. ---The new courthouse burned at 4 o'clock this morning. The records are all lost. Loss on house $45,000; on records and furniture $25,000. It was the work of an incendiary. No clew.
Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 22 Oct 1891
To Rebuild the Courthouse --- A Growing Town.
At a called meeting of the commissioners court it was decided to duplicate the courthouse recently burned, making some slight changes to make the building more safe from fire.
Childress had five dry goods stores, seven grocery stores, three hardware stores, two drug stores, two furniture stores, six hotels, two banks, one music store, two livery stables, two tin shops, one saddle and harness shop, three saloons, two restaurants, three lumber yards, three wagon yards, one barber shop, one boot and shoe shop, two feed stores, one ice and coal company, two butcher shops, five lawyers, three doctors and a population of 1200 people.
The first national bank building is receiving the finishing touches. It is an elegant structure. Two other brick buildings are being completed, new residences are continually going up, there is a great demand at present for residences for rent. There woolen business houses are being erected.
Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 2 Dec 1891  
(source:[http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/7340/childress-tx-cottle-county-courthouse-fire-oct-1891 ''GenDisasters''])
== Places / Localities  ==
== Places / Localities  ==

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County Courthouse


Parent County

1876--Childress County was created 21 May 1876 from Bexar Land District. County seat: Childress [1]

The county was named for George C. Childress, (1804-1841), lawyer, statesman, and author of the Texas Declaration of Independence, son of John Campbell and Elizabeth (Robertson) Childress, was born on January 8, 1804, at Nashville, Tennessee.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1891--Childress County Courthouse destroyed by fire on October 21, 1891.  All records were lost. [2]

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Towns and Cities: | Childress | Loco |

Neighboring Counties






Local Histories


Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site





Vital Records

  • Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998 [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
  • Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]
    Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites

  • TEXAS GenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. GenDisasters.com - Childress, TX Courthouse Fire, Oct 1891 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/7340/childress-tx-childress-county-courthouse-fire-oct-1891