“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Cleburne in Johnson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Johnson County Courthouse

Johnson County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, March 16, 2014
1. Johnson County Courthouse Marker
Inscription.  Organized in 1854, Johnson County located its seat of government to Wardville and in Buchanan before moving in 1867 to Camp Henderson, which later became Cleburne. The Buchanan courthouse was moved to the new county seat and used until 1869, when the county constructed a new, two-story brick building. By 1880, that facility had become too small, and three years later a magnificent Second Empire courthouse, designed by W.D. Dodson, took its place.

Fire destroyed Dodson's 1883 building on April 15, 1912, and the Commissioner's Court chose German-born Otto Lang (1864-1947) and Welshman Frank Witchell (1879-1958) to design their new house of justice. While many firms of the time were designing Beaux Arts or Late Victorian structures, Lang and Witchell were fond of the increasingly popular Prairie School style as inspired by Frank Lloyd Write and Louis Sullivan. Johnson County Courthouse drawings are attributed to architect Charles E. Barglebaugh, the Project Architect for Lang and Witchell who trained under Wright.

Complete in 1913, the courthouse is very similar to Lang and Witchell's Cooke County Courthouse in Gainesville,
Johnson County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, March 16, 2014
2. Johnson County Courthouse
Historical Marker visible in front of the building, to the right.
Texas. Designed on a basic Beaux Arts plan but modernized with Prairie Style elements and Sullivanesque details, the Johnson County Courthouse features a prominent clock tower and an impressive six-story interior atrium topped by a stained art glass dome.

At the dawn of the 21st century, the Johnson County Courthouse remains in service as the center of county government.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-2000

Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2831.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics.
Location. 32° 20.839′ N, 97° 23.165′ W. Marker is in Cleburne, Texas, in Johnson County. Marker is on North Caddo Street (State Highway 174) north of East Chambers Street (Business U.S. 67), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cleburne TX 76031, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cleburne Town Square (within shouting distance of this marker); General Patrick R. Cleburne (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel Middleton T. Johnson (within shouting distance of this marker); First Baptist Church of Godley
Paid Advertisement
Click on the ad for more information.
Please report objectionable advertising to the Editor.
(approx. 10.8 miles away); Duke Cemetery (approx. 12.1 miles away); Grandview Cemetery and Original Grand View Town Site (approx. 12.3 miles away).
More about this marker. Incise: John & Virginia de Golyer Maxson, Little Hoss Ranch, Godley, TX
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 22, 2014, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 431 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 22, 2014, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement
Mar. 8, 2021