Leon County Courthouse
Centerville, Texas
 Completed - 1886
Architect - William Johnson
Photos: Robert Deering 1/29/2004


COUNTY NAMED FOR: The naming of the county is the subject of much controversy. Some maintain that it was named for Martín De León, founder of Victoria. However, many residents insist that the name ("lion" in Spanish) came from the nickname of a yellow wolf of the region commonly called the león.

COUNTY SEATS: Two - Leona and Centerville

COUNTY SEAT NAMED FOR: Its location in the county.

COURTHOUSES: Three - 1850, 1858, and 1886.

STANDING: One -1886 Renaissance Revival building of brick with cast-iron columns.

RENOVATION: Complete - Rededication July 1, 2007.


1886 Courthouse
Photo: Texas DoT 1939
1886 Courthouse
Photo: Robert Deering 1974

Courthouse Annexes

1887 Leon County Jail

1913 Leon County Jail


Centerville, Texas
Photo: Robert Deering 1/29/2004

First Baptist Church of Centerville