“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Jourdanton in Atascosa County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Atascosa County Courthouse

Atascosa County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By John A Hensarling, June 21, 2012
1. Atascosa County Courthouse Marker
Inscription. Atascosa County was created from Bexar County in 1856. The first county seat was at Navatasco, on land donated by Jose Antonio Navarro, and the county's first courthouse was a log cabin. The county seat was moved to Pleasanton in 1858, and a frame courthouse was erected. A second courthouse was built in 1868, followed by a third, a red rock structure in 1885.

When a special election resulted in the relocation of the county seat to Jourdanton in 1910, the county officers were first housed in rented quarters. The following year the Gordon-Jones Company began construction on a new courthouse. Completed in 1912, the building was designed by San Antonio architect Henry T. Phelps (1881-1945), who would also design the Atascosa County Jail in 1915.

The two-story brick building has identical entries at each side. Mission Revival-style detail includes curvilinear parapets and occasional Renaissance motifs, accomplished with cast-stone highlights, metal balustrades, and tile roofing. The corners of the building are turned with three-story tower bays, each topped by an open belvedere. Later alterations to the courthouse replaced original windows and installed an elevator opposite the original stairwell. Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986.
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker
Atascosa County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By John A Hensarling, June 21, 2012
2. Atascosa County Courthouse Marker
Number 224.)
Location. 28° 55.18′ N, 98° 32.75′ W. Marker is in Jourdanton, Texas, in Atascosa County. Marker is on Courthouse Circle Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jourdanton TX 78026, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Atascosa County (within shouting distance of this marker); Martin Abstract Company (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Atascosa County Courthouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Atascosa County Jail (about 500 feet away); Jourdanton United Methodist Church (approx. mile away); Jourdanton (approx. 0.7 miles away); Ralph Roy Smith (approx. 0.7 miles away); St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Jourdanton.
Additional keywords. counties; courthouses
Categories. Notable Buildings
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by John A Hensarling of Campbellton, Texas. This page has been viewed 311 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by John A Hensarling of Campbellton, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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