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

Johnson County Courthouse

 
 
Johnson County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
Photographed By QuesterMark, March 16, 2014
2. Johnson County Courthouse
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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. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1650.
 
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 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Johnson County Courthouse Stone (a few steps from this marker); General Patrick R. Cleburne (a few steps from this marker); Colonel Middleton T. Johnson (a few steps from this marker); Johnson County Confederate Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Cleburne Town Square
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(within shouting distance of this marker); The 36th Division - Texas National Guard (within shouting distance of this marker); Johnson County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Desert Storm Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cleburne.
 
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 494 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 22, 2014, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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May. 21, 2022