Crockett in Houston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Five Courthouses of Houston County
The first county courthouse, a log structure which served as a fortress during Indian attacks, was in use at this location by 1838. A brick building, which replaced the first courthouse in 1851, was destroyed by a fire of mysterious origin in 1865. County business was conducted in the L.E. Downes building on the southwest corner of the square until a two-story frame structure was finished in 1869. A jail addition burned in 1871 while it was under construction. The third courthouse and jail burned in 1882.
The fourth courthouse, completed at this site in 1883, was razed in 1938. While this three-story structure was under construction, county business was conducted in the Crockett Hotel. In 1975 the third-floor jail was moved to a
Erected 1979 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11132.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
Location. 31° 19.087′ N, 95° 27.459′ W. Marker is in Crockett, Texas, in Houston County. Marker is at the intersection of South 4th Street (U.S. 287) and East Houston Avenue (Texas Highway 21), on the left when traveling south on South 4th Street. Marker is located on the west side of the county courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 East Houston Avenue, Crockett TX 75835, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Houston County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Crockett (within shouting distance of this marker); W.V. McConnell Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Miller-Spinks-Mayes Property (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Crockett Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); First National Bank of Crockett (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Bank Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Strode-Pritchett Log Cabin (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crockett.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 9, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.