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

Eastland County Courthouse

 
 
Eastland County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2017
1. Eastland County Courthouse Marker
Inscription. The Texas Legislature created Eastland County in 1858, but sparse settlement delayed organization until 1873, when Merriman (8 mi. NE) became the first county seat. Charles Connellee and Jack Daugherty platted the new town of Eastland near the center of the county, and by a vote of 67 to 60 the county seat moved here in 1875. The commissioners met in a stone building across from the town square. The Texas & Pacific Railway arrived in October 1880 and spurred growth, but when the Texas Central Railway created the new town of Cisco, Eastland had to survive a county seat election in August 1881. An 1896 fire destroyed the 1883 courthouse, and Cisco again forced a county seat election, receiving a majority of votes but not the required two-thirds margin. In 1898, the county completed a new three-story courthouse and jail in Eastland.

Following oil and natural gas booms in the 1910s and 1920s, voters approved $300,000 in bonds for a new building designed by the Dallas architectural firm of Otto H. Lang and Frank O. Witchell. The grand new building opened by December 1928 with space for county, district and appellate courts and offices. The Art Deco style courthouse exhibits stepped massing in its design, with prominent wings accenting a central tower. The building is clad in brick with ornate decorative terra cotta trim and ornamentation.
Eastland County Courthouse and Marker (on right of two). image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2017
2. Eastland County Courthouse and Marker (on right of two).
Details include carved eagles, shields and medallions, pilasters, tripartite arched entryways, and stylized decorative banding. The Eastland County Courthouse gained widespread fame as the final resting place for "Old Rip," a celebrated horned toad reputedly liberated from the cornerstone of the prior courthouse.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker is property of the State of Texas

 
Erected 2007 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16983.)
 
Location. 32° 24.071′ N, 98° 49.097′ W. Marker is in Eastland, Texas, in Eastland County. Marker is at the intersection of South Seaman Street (Texas Route 6) and West Commerce Street, on the right when traveling south on South Seaman Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 West Main Street, Eastland TX 76448, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Eastland (here, next to this marker); Early Banking in Eastland (a few steps from this marker); The Bankhead Highway (a few steps from this marker); Camp Salmon / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense (within shouting distance of this
View of marker looking south on Seaman Street. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2017
3. View of marker looking south on Seaman Street.
marker); Early Settlers of Eastland County (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Christian Church (about 400 feet away); Hargus Farm (approx. 1 miles away); Merriman Baptist Church (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eastland.
 
Also see . . .  Texas Escapes on the Eastland County Courthouse (with photos). (Submitted on July 9, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 9, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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