Center in Shelby County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Shelby County Courthouse
Built to resemble Irish castle (1883-1885) by architect J.J.E. Gibson, from Ireland. Style is, in part, “Romanesque Revival.”
In 1866 County records were held at this site after being secretly taken from Shelbyville by R.L. Parker and Sam Weaver following a contested election naming Center as County Seat.
The noted land dispute case of Heirs of Sydney O. Penington, signer of Texas Declaration of Independence, was tried here, 1896.
Erected 1969 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 7695.)
Location. 31° 47.709′ N, 94° 10.875′ W. Marker is in Center, Texas, in Shelby County. Marker is on Shelbyville Street west of San Augustine Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is mounted on the north side of subject courthouse, on the right side of the entrance, above the cornerstone. Marker is at or near this postal address: 124 Austin Street, Center TX 75935, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Joseph Emmett Gibson (within shouting distance of this marker); Shelby County (within shouting C.S.A. Texas Muster (within shouting distance of this marker); Poultry Pioneers Plaza (approx. one mile away); Martin McCoy Middleton (approx. 1.1 miles away); Malcolm S. Weaver (approx. 1.1 miles away); Martin Weaver (approx. 1.1 miles away); John O. Moosberg (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Center.
Also see . . .
1. Shelby County Courthouse.
We could not help but notice the numerous chimneys surrounding Shelby County's 1885 courthouse. A total of twelve chimneys encompass that beautiful brick structure. The architect, J. J. E. Gibson of Ireland, wanted his masterpiece to look like the castles he had seen while growing up in his native country. This courthouse is now the only remaining Irish castle style courthouse in the United States. (Submitted on December 4, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Shelby County Courthouse. (nice selection of courthouse interior pictures)
Designed in the 1800ís by an Irish immigrant (John Gibson) – it does evoke the feeling of ancient castles, as it was meant to do. Just walking around, you get the feel of the 1800ís. Everything is real from that (Submitted on December 4, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 4, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.