Gustine in Comanche County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
First County Seat of Comanche County
— (About 4 miles South) —
Founded 1854, as Troy. Later renamed in honor of a Miss Beeman of Bell County. In 1856 organization of Comanche County — then extending farther south and east than today's boundaries — Cora became county seat. A log cabin residence in Cora was the first Comanche County Courthouse, serving until the County Seat was relocated in 1859 in new town of Comanche.
That first courthouse and all the other buildings are gone from site of Old Cora. Only a cemetery — the oldest in Comanche County — remains. Thus Cora is an example of the many early, important towns no longer existent in Texas.
In the 254 counties of Texas, there have been 126 cases of redesignation of county seats. (Two counties have had five county seats each) boundary changes (as in Comanche County). Shifts in travel routes (as when railroads were built), changes from agrarian to industrial economy have caused counties to move their County seats to new locations. Old courthouses have found later usefulness as ranch headquarters, municipal buildings, or private homes. The first log cabin Courthouse of Comanche County reverted to use as
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 1057.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Political Subdivisions • Settlements & Settlers • Women.
Location. 31° 50.738′ N, 98° 24.378′ W. Marker is in Gustine, Texas, in Comanche County. Marker is on 36th Division Memorial Highway (State Highway 36) just west of West Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 203 36th Division Memorial Hwy, Gustine TX 76455, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gustine (here, next to this marker); Evergreen Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lamkin (approx. 8.6 miles away); Andrew Miller (approx. 11˝ miles away); The Bison (American Buffalo) (approx. 12.2 miles away); George Washington Gentry (approx. 12.2 miles away); The Comanche (approx. 12.2 miles away); M.R. (Boss) Greene (approx. 12.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gustine.
Also see . . . Cora Texas. The town of Cora no longer exist today. (Submitted on December 9, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 9, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 9, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.