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Courthouses of Hardin County

 
 
Courthouses of Hardin County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, July 23, 2011
1. Courthouses of Hardin County Marker
Inscription. Hardin County was created in 1858. The official Hardin County building was probably a two-story log building that burned about 1886. Early county records were destroyed in the conflagration.

In 1887, architect Frank Smith of Beaumont designed a two-story frame structure built in Kountze by local contractor W.B. Pedigo. A safe was positioned inside the structure and the walls were built around it. The building was replaced in 1905. J.B. Hooks moved the old courthouse across the street to become the J.B. Hooks Abstract Company.

A new masonry courthouse was erected in 1905. It was designed by Andrew P. Bryan and built by M.J. Lewman and Company. Domed in the tradition of the nation's capitol and the Texas State Capitol, the edifice was built of native stone from the Pecos area of West Texas. Salmon-colored brick was imported from the Hydraulic Press Brick Company of St. Louis, and the columns and bases were crafted by Bedford Stone Company. A carbide lighting system was installed in 1918. A three-story colonial-style sandstone building was erected with four 24-foot two-story columns front and back and 16 smaller columns supporting the dome. This building served until 1958.

A modern facility was planned by Dickson-Dickson and Associates and built by Lumbeck Construction Company in 1958. The 1905 edifice was destroyed in 1960.

Courthouses of Hardin County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, July 23, 2011
2. Courthouses of Hardin County Marker
Beside Hardin County marker.
At the end of the 20th century, the 1958 courthouses was still in service and the 1887 building continued to stand, now the home of law offices, near the courthouse square.
 
Erected 1999 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11930.)
 
Location. 30° 22.098′ N, 94° 19.002′ W. Marker is in Kountze, Texas, in Hardin County. Marker is on State Highway 326, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located in the courthouse square. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Monroe Street, Kountze TX 77625, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hardin County (here, next to this marker); General Braxton Bragg, C.S.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); Hooks Abstract Company (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church of Kountze (approx. 0.2 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Kountze (approx. 0.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Government
 
Hardin County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, July 23, 2011
3. Hardin County Courthouse
Hardin County courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, July 23, 2011
4. Hardin County courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 397 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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