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Livingston in Polk County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Polk County Courthouse

 
 
Polk County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, September 16, 2012
1. Polk County Courthouse Marker
Inscription.  Completed in 1924, this is the fifth courthouse to serve Polk County. Citing "lack of space and modern conveniences," the Commissioners Court hired the Houston architectural firm of McLelland & Fink to design their new building. Contractor Isaac Young completed demolition of the 1884 courthouse by July 1923, and the first court meetings were held in this building by the fall of 1924. Designed to include an auditorium, library, American Legion hall and post office, which were replaced in later years by administrative and judicial offices, the Polk County Courthouse features Classical Revival styling with Beaux Arts influences. It stands as a significant part of Livingston's architectural heritage.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2001

 
Erected 2001 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12712.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
 
Location. 30° 42.636′ N, 94° 55.989′ W. Marker is in Livingston, Texas, in Polk
Polk County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, September 16, 2012
2. Polk County Courthouse Marker
County. Marker is on North Washington Avenue (Business U.S. 59) south of West Church Street (U.S. 190), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 West Church Street, Livingston TX 77351, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Polk County, C.S.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); 1905 Courthouse Annex (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Polk County (within shouting distance of this marker); "Polk County Enterprise" (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old City Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Indian Trails (approx. ¼ mile away); Locomotive No. 5 (approx. ¼ mile away); Birthplace of Margo Jones (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Livingston.
 
Also see . . .  Polk County Courthouse. Texas Escapes Online Magazine (Submitted on October 1, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Polk County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, May 18, 2009
3. Polk County Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 30, 2012, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 392 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on June 25, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 30, 2012, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas.   3. submitted on August 11, 2016, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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