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Huntsville in Walker County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Five Courthouses of Walker County

 
 
The Five Courthouses of Walker County Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Gustafson, September 19, 2009
1. The Five Courthouses of Walker County Marker
Inscription.  

The first Walker County Courthouse was available for county Commissioners Court meetings in July 1848; the building was finally completed in the center of the Huntsville public square in 1850. Because of a defective foundation, a second courthouse had replaced it by 1853.

Repairs made in 1856 did not hold long. The design for the third county courthouse featured a grand jury house in the southwest corner of the grounds rather than inside the courthouse itself. Dubbed "The Little Courthouse," the grand jury house was completed and in use by 1861. Construction on the main courthouse was interrupted by the Civil War; it was finished in 1869 but major repairs were necessary within a couple of years.

On the first day of 1888 the grand jury house was again called into service after the main courthouse burned. The Commissioners Court selected Eugene T. Heiner of Houston to design a new building. The construction contract was awarded to N. Darling of Palestine. Darling set to work in late spring and erected Heiner's vision, replete with Victorian Gothic, Renaissance revival and Italianate details. That structure, the fourth
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Walker County courthouse, gradually welcomed back the social and religious groups of the county. Other uses included the Walker County Fair of 1912 and a lecture series sponsored by Texas A & M University in 1914. The interior of the building burned in 1968. At that time, it was one of the 25 oldest courthouses in the state of Texas.

The fifth Walker County Courthouse, a modern brick and steel structure, was completed in 1970. It remained in service at the dawn of the 21st century.
 
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12278.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1848.
 
Location. 30° 43.405′ N, 95° 33.038′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Texas, in Walker County. Marker is on University Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located on east side of the courthouse grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 University Avenue, Huntsville TX 77342, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walker County (here, next to this marker); Memorial Gazebo (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Pleasant Gray's Trading Post (within shouting distance of this marker); Cornerstone of the Fourth Courthouse (within shouting
The view of the the Five Courthouses of Walker County Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2021
2. The view of the the Five Courthouses of Walker County Marker
distance of this marker); Sam Houston Whittling Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Walker County (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First Masonic Lodge Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
 
The view of the Five Courthouses of Walker County Marker from the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2021
3. The view of the Five Courthouses of Walker County Marker from the street
The Fifth (& current) Walker County Courthouse (<i>east side; view from marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 4, 2013
4. The Fifth (& current) Walker County Courthouse (east side; view from marker)
The Fifth (& current) Walker County Courthouse (<i>north side</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 4, 2013
5. The Fifth (& current) Walker County Courthouse (north side)
The Fifth (& current) Walker County Courthouse (<i>south side</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 4, 2013
6. The Fifth (& current) Walker County Courthouse (south side)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,102 times since then and 98 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 24, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas.   2, 3. submitted on August 26, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.   4, 5, 6. submitted on December 24, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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