Bandera in Bandera County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Bandera County Courthouse
First permanent courthouse for county, which was organized in 1856, but used makeshift quarters for offices and courtrooms until this building was erected 1890-91. Style is local version of the Second Renaissance Revival. White limestone for the structure was quarried locally. B.F. Trester of San Antonio drew the plans - for $5. Contractors: Ed Braden & Sons. Interior was remodeled and a wing added in 1966.
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 291.)
Location. 29° 43.597′ N, 99° 4.368′ W. Marker is in Bandera, Texas, in Bandera County. Marker is on Main Street (State Highway 173) north of Hackberry Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Mounted on subject building just right of the main entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 504 Main Street, Bandera TX 78003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mormon Settlers in Bandera County (a few steps from this marker); Camp Montel C.S.A. / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense Old Texas Ranger Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Jack Phillips (within shouting distance of this marker); Great Western Cattle Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bandera, Texas USA (about 300 feet away); Bandera, "Cowboy Capital of the World" (about 300 feet away); Bandera Historic Town Center (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bandera.
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1. Bandera County Courthouse.
This elegant 1890 Renaissance revival courthouse designed by B.F. Trester was built of native rusticated limestone. (Submitted on December 8, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Bandera County Courthouse and Jail.
The Bandera County Courthouse, built in 1890 at the corner of Main and Pecan streets, is a Renaissance Revival style building designed by San Antonio architect B.F. Trester. It is three-story building with a central clock tower made from rusticated limestone cut from a local quarry. The current jail is a non-historic, modern facility located along State Highway 16 on the north end of town. (Submitted on December 8, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Bandera County History.
The first Europeans to set foot in what is now Bandera County were the Spanish, who probably explored the region in the early eighteenth century. Bandera is Spanish for "flag," and there are a number of colorful accounts as to how the county was named. One has it that a Spanish general named Bandera led a punitive expedition in the area against the Apaches after the Indians raided San Antonio de Béxar. Another relates that after pursuing the Indians to Bandera Pass the Spanish left a flag or flags to warn them against future raids. And a third legend claims that in 1752 (or 1732) a council was held between Spanish and Indian leaders, during which the Spanish pledged never to go north of the pass if the Indians agreed to cease their raids in the south, and a red flag was placed on the pass as a symbol of the treaty. (Submitted on December 8, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
4. Amasa Clark.
Amasa Clark is celebrated as Bandera's first permanent settler. He lived to be 101 and had a total of 19 children. He survived an attack by robbers along the road to San Antonio, a traumatic drought and an equally traumatic flood and started a successful business, "Elmdale Nursery," where hundreds of his pear trees still stand today. His ranch has been recognized in a Texas Family Land Heritage Program. "Old Man (Submitted on December 8, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
5. Cowboy Capital of the World.
Given that Bandera's early history was carved-literally-from cypress wood, why has Bandera become known as "the Cowboy Capital of the World?" Some claim the large number of dude ranches in the area corralled the name. Some claim it is because Bandera has the largest per capita number of world champion cowboys, as evidenced by the monument on the courthouse lawn designed by the late artist Norma Jean Anderwald. Others point to Bandera's Great Western Trail Heritage Park and the marker commemorating Bandera's role as a starting point for cattle drives from Bandera to Dodge City, Kansas. With the establishment of Camp Verde in 1856 as a fort, Bandera Pass became a popular route to the north, somewhat protected from Indian attack by the U.S. Calvary. (Submitted on December 8, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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