COUNTY ORGANIZED: 1880
COUNTY NAMED FOR: Hiram G. Runnels, an ex-governor of Mississippi and a Texas state legislator.
COUNTY SEATS: Two -
Runnels City and
COUNTY SEAT NAMED FOR: William Pitt Ballinger, a Galveston attorney and stockholder of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad.
COURTHOUSES: Two - Runnels City 1880; Ballinger
STANDING: One - 1889 Second Empire
courthouse built of stone. The towers and Mansard
roof were removed in a 1941 remodeling project.