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Beaumont in Jefferson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Jefferson County Courthouse

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, June 10, 2018
1. Jefferson County Courthouse Marker
Inscription.  The first county building constructed at this site was a jailhouse completed in 1838, two years after the organization of Jefferson County. Located on land acquired from Nancy Tevis, a pioneer settler of the area, it also housed county offices and courts. When the commissioners court outgrew the facility, sessions were held in private homes.

The first courthouse here was completed in 1854. Built by John A. Beaumont, it was a two-story square structure surrounded by a six-foot picket fence. Baptist and Methodist congregations conducted Sunday services in the building and during the Civil War it was leased to D. T. Inglehart, a Confederate surgeon, for use as a hospital.

A second courthouse was constructed in 1893, twelve years after the incorporation of Beaumont. Designed by E. T. Heiner, it was a three-story red brick building with white trim. Following the area oil boom of the 1920s it proved inadequate to meet the needs of the growing population and was replaced by the present brick courthouse in 1931. Designed by Fred Stone and A. Babin, the fourteen-story building features art deco styling in the use of sculpted ornamentation
Jefferson County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, June 10, 2018
2. Jefferson County Courthouse Marker
and marble interior work.
 
Erected 1980 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10536.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
 
Location. 30° 4.719′ N, 94° 5.594′ W. Marker is in Beaumont, Texas, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Pearl Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located in a small nook surrounded by shrubs to the left of the walkway in front of the courthouse and is not visible from the road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1149 Pearl Street, Beaumont TX 77701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Port of Beaumont (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henry Millard (approx. ¼ mile away); Beaumont (approx. ¼ mile away); Tyrrell Public Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jefferson Theatre (approx. 0.4 miles away); Texas' First Rice Mill (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Lucas Gusher (approx. 3.3 miles away); French Trading Post (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beaumont.
 
Jefferson County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, June 10, 2018
3. Jefferson County Courthouse
Jefferson County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, June 10, 2018
4. Jefferson County Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 11, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 12, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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