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Anson in Jones County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Jones County Courthouse

 
 
Jones County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 8, 2014
1. Jones County Courthouse Marker
Inscription. The Seventh Texas Legislature created Jones County in 1858 and named it for Anson Jones, the last president of the Republic of Texas. The Civil War, Reconstruction, and the areaís untamed wilderness combined to postpone the countyís formal organization until 1881. Voters selected Jones City, later renamed Anson, as permanent county seat.
†††††The first permanent courthouse was a small frame building, which served until the county purchased a hotel in 1884 for use as a courthouse. An 1886 brick courthouse served the county for the next 24 years.
†††††In late 1909, the Jones County Commissioners Court, led by County Judge J.R. Stinson, determined that the growth of the county called for a larger courthouse. They selected Elmer G. Withers of Stamford (15 mi. n) and the Texas Building Company of Fort Worth as architect and contractor, respectively. Completed in 1910, the Jones County courthouse is an excellent example of Beaux Arts styling, with influences from the Arts and Crafts Movement found in the decorative painting uncovered during a 1990s rehabilitation on the ceiling of the district courtroom. Other notable features include the statue of Lady Justice atop the domed clock tower and the pedimented porticoes with flanking pairs of ionic columns on each facade.
†††††Constructed of brick and Pecos Red Sandstone, the Jones
Jones County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 8, 2014
2. Jones County Courthouse Marker
Located on the front lawn of the Courthouse
County courthouse continues to stand as an important part of Ansonís architectural heritage and a center of politics and government for the citizens of the county.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2000

 
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12415.)
 
Location. 32° 45.373′ N, 99° 53.816′ W. Marker is in Anson, Texas, in Jones County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Court Plaza (U.S. 83/277) and 12th Street. Click for map. Marker is located on the lawn near the front (south) entrance of the Jones County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Anson TX 79501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jones County (here, next to this marker); Anson Jones (a few steps from this marker); Fort Phantom Hill C.S.A. / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense (a few steps from this marker); Omar Burleson (within shouting distance of this marker); Anson Opera House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Presbyterian Church Building (about 600 feet away); First United Methodist Church of Anson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cowboys' Christmas Ball (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Anson.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Jones County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 8, 2014
3. Jones County Courthouse
South Side
Marker is on the left behind the bushes
Jones County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 8, 2014
4. Jones County Courthouse
East and North Sides
Jones County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 8, 2014
5. Jones County Courthouse
View to north from US 83/277
Jones County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 8, 2014
6. Jones County Courthouse
View to south from US 83/277
Front Entrance of Jones County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 8, 2014
7. Front Entrance of Jones County Courthouse
Statue of Lady Justice and Domed Clock Tower image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 8, 2014
8. Statue of Lady Justice and Domed Clock Tower
Courthouse Cornerstone image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 8, 2014
9. Courthouse Cornerstone
Markers and Monuments in Front of Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 8, 2014
10. Markers and Monuments in Front of Courthouse
Jones County Courthouse Marker on far left side
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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