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Washita County Courthouse


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Washita County Courthouse The imposing Washita County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designed by Solomon Andrew Layton in 1910 and completed in 1911, and has been called the "Grandfather of Oklahoma's Courthouses." Layton later gained fame as the architect for the State Capitol building in Oklahoma City.

The impressive courthouse sits in the middle of the road and intrigues travelers who must drive around the square to continue their route. This unusual arrangement can be credited to A.J. Johnson and J.C. Harrel, who each donated half the land needed for a courthouse on either side of the section line later used to demark the Highway. The two had platted the lands surrounding their respective sides for the growth of the city, and Cordell naturally rose around the town square. Despite the donation of land in 1897, it wasn't until 1899 that county voters approved a move of the Washita County seat to Cordell from Cloud Chief, in the county's southeast corner.


Hours: Open 8 to 4 daily
Address: Town Square
Phone: 580-832-3538

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Courthouse Clock

The clock displayed on four sides of the Courthouse dome keeps track of Cordell'

Cordell, OK Architecture


Florence Hospital

This photo shows the 1911-1912 Florence Hospital. The hospital, named for the wife of Cordell doctor A. H. Bungardt, was housed on the second floor of this building until the Cordell Memorial Hospital was built in 1957. Photos of the interior include one of the door to the fathers'

Cordell, OK Historic Buildings

Washita County Courthouse

The imposing Washita County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designed by Solomon Andrew Layton in 1910 and completed in 1911, and has been called the "Grandfather of Oklahoma's Courthouses."

Cordell, OK Historic Courthouses

Washita Theater

The grand tradition of the Washita Theater has returned to the City of New Cordell. Over 50 years has passed since the days of the Saturday matinee, the preview, and the news reel ... and now the art deco splendor of the Washita will be home to a new generation of movies and movie-goers!

Cordell, OK Historic Theatres

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