This courthouse, constructed in 1880, is located in Buffalo Gap, Taylor County's original county seat. This designation was transferred to Abilene when it became a major shipping center along the Texas and Pacific Railway, and the courthouse was no longer used for governmental activities.
It is a two story hip-roofed sandstone building. A unique feature of the building is the use of small square windows a type of 'loophole' window on the second floor of three facades. Revealing the thickness of the walls, the small windows have a small interior opening which flares out to form a larger exterior opening. Other significant features include a molded stone cornice, a hipped roof and segmental arches capping the first-floor openings. Today, the Taylor County Courthouse and jail rest on their original sites inside Buffalo Gap Historic Village. Visitors can tour this building as part of their visit to the Village.
Old Taylor County Courthouse