Hall County, home to some of the best people in this great state, is located in the southeast corner of the Texas Panhandle. Citizens take pride in the history of the county and the extraordinary treasures that have weathered the changing seasons and still stand as monuments to the strength and fortitude of men and women who forged the character of our area.
Our beautiful historic courthouse, constructed in 1923, sits in the middle of the town square on State Highway 256, just one block off U.S. Highway 287.
A revitalization plan is beginning to show progress with improvements to downtown Memphis, with the Memphis Hotel being restored to its original glory to provide a destination of Victorian elegance. The Fowler Agency, housed in the former Masonic building, and K Huddleston Cotton Office, as well as three Dason Company buildings on the square, have been beautifully restored and decorated.
The Memphis City Park, built by the WPA in the 1930s, welcomes both residents and visitors. RV hookups among the trees by the swimming pool provide restful overnight stops. While in Memphis, visitors may wish to tour the Presbyterian Building, a treasure built in 1911 and home to a Kilgen pipe organ and more than 70 priceless stained glass windows.
The legendary Bob Wills celebration in Turkey held the last weekend in April provides an enjoyable weekend of the country swing music of Wills’ band. The chili cookoff and motorcycle races in Estelline bring diverse activities for entertainment. The Lakeview Grill, converted into a restaurant from a former church, provides an Old West atmosphere while featuring specialties of fried catfish and grilled steaks in Lakeview.
Stop in and stay a while in Hall County, and you may want to stay forever. – County Judge Ray Powell, and assistant Pauline Johnsey