Weatherford in Parker County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Franco-Texan Land Company Building
Couts and Warren dissolved their professional relationship in 1877 and sold the building to Samuel Willis Tucker Lanham, later governor of Texas (1903-1907). Lanham practiced law with other attorneys, such as A.J. Hood Sr., in second story offices. During the 1890s, the structure served as the offices for the troubled Franco-Texan Land Company, headed by Hood. The company was integral in the development of Texas land between Weatherford and El Paso along the Texas and Pacific Railway corridor. During this period the safe, from the Fidelity and Safe Deposit Company, was installed at the rear of the building.
The Franco-Texan Land Company Building, previously known as the Couts Building and the Western Union Building, is an example of a typical vernacular storefront commercial building found in Texas during the last quarter of the 19th century. The two-story masonry fronted building features a brick exterior, stone string courses, french doors with fanlight transoms, and double-hung windows.
Marker is property of the State of Texas
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17253.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
Location. 32° 45.492′ N, 97° 47.892′ W. Marker is in Weatherford, Texas, in Parker County. Marker is at the intersection of Houston Street and West Church Street, on the left when traveling north on Houston Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 118 Houston St, Weatherford TX 76086, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Parker County Confederate Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Parker County Courthouse (about 400 feet away); James Claude Wright House (about 400 feet away); Parker County, C.S.A. (about 500 feet away); The Dean of Texas Trail Drivers Oliver Loving (1812 - 1867) (approx. half a mile away); Old City Greenwood Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Chandor Gardens (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mount Pleasant Colored School (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weatherford.
Also see . . . Downtown building unveils historic marker. Weatherford Democrat 7/7/13 (Submitted on January 28, 2014.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 27, 2014, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 511 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 27, 2014, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.