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== County Courthouse  ==
== County Courthouse<br> ==
Calhoun County has had two county seats and five courthouses.&nbsp; The first county seat and courthouse was in Lavaca, 1846-1852.&nbsp; The county seat was moved to Indianola in 1852, where the second courthouse was built in 1857. The county seat was moved back to Lavaca (now renamed Port Lavaca) after the hurricane of 1886 destroyed the Indianola Courthouse.&nbsp; A courthouse was built in Port Lavaca in 1887.&nbsp; A new courthouse was built in 1912 and later demolished in 1959, when the current courthouse was opened. <ref>Texas Escapes: Calhoun County Courthouses http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasGulfCoastTowns/Port-Lavaca-Texas-Calhoun-County-Courthouse.htm#1911</ref> <ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Calhoun County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcc02</ref>
Calhoun County Courthouse<br>Calhoun County Clerk - Anita Fricke<br>211 S. Ann St<br>Port Lavaca, TX. 77979 <br>[http://www.calhouncotx.org/ Calhoun County Government Website]<br>
[http://www.calhouncotx.org/ Calhoun County Courthouse]<br> 211 S Ann Street<br> Port Lavaca, TX 77979-4249<br> Phone: 361.553.4411
''Inventory of the county archives of Texas&nbsp;: Calhoun County'', 1941. Inventory of records housed in the Calhoun County Courthouse as of 1936. Describes the records of the County Commissioners Court, County Clerk as Recorder, District Court, County Court, Justices of the Peace, District Attorney, County Attorney, Sheriff, Constables, Tax Assessor-Collector, Board of Equalization, County Treasurer, County Board of School Trustees, County School Superintendent, County Health Officer, County Surveyor, Board of Land Commissioners (Defunct), Inspector of Hides and Animals (Defunct), and Coroner (Defunct). [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25253/m1 Read the book online] from The Portal to Texas History.<br>  
<br>County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, <br>probate records from 1863, marriage and land records<br> from 1846,&nbsp;court records from 1850 and military discharge<br> records from 1919<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Calhoun County, Texas. Page 660 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
== History  ==
== History  ==

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County Courthouse

Calhoun County Courthouse
211 S Ann Street
Port Lavaca, TX 77979-4249
Phone: 361.553.4411

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
probate records from 1863, marriage and land records
from 1846, court records from 1850 and military discharge
records from 1919[1]


Parent County

1846--Calhoun County was created April 4, 1846 from Jackson, Victoria, and Matagorda Counties.
County seat: Port Lavaca [2]

The county was named for John Caldwell Calhoun (March 18, 1782 – March 31, 1850), 7th Vice President of the United States.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1886 -- Calhoun County Courthouse at Indianola destroyed by hurricane, August 1886.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Cities and Towns: | Indianola | Long Mott | Matagorda Island | Port Comfort | Port Lavaca | Port O'Connor | Seadriff |

Neighboring Counties




Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1850 1,110
1860 2,642 138.0%
1870 3,443 30.3%
1880 1,739 −49.5%
1890 815 −53.1%
1900 2,395 193.9%
1910 3,635 51.8%
1920 4,700 29.3%
1930 5,385 14.6%
1940 5,911 9.8%
1950 9,222 56.0%
1960 16,592 79.9%
1970 17,831 7.5%
1980 19,574 9.8%
1990 19,053 −2.7%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.




Local Histories

  • Shifting Sands of Calhoun County, Texas, 1980 by the Calhoun County Historical Commission.
  • "Looking Back" Scrapbook for Calhoun County and Matagorda Bay, Texas
  • A History of Indianola, by Lelia Seelingson. Brief history of Indianola, beginning with the arrival of La Salle. Read the book online from The Portal to Texas History.
  • Indianola: The Mother of Western Texas, 1988, by Brownson Malsch.
  • Calhoun County History from The Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Indianola, Texas Hurricane, Sept 1875






Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

  • Calhoun County Genealogical Society, founded to preserve the genealogy and history of Calhoun County.
  • Calhoun County Museum
    301 S. Ann Street
    Port Lavaca, TX 77979  website
  • Calhoun County Public Library
    200 West Mahan St.
    Port Lavaca, TX 77979  website

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Calhoun County, Texas. Page 660 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).