Bandera in Bandera County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Bandera County Courthouse
First permanent courthouse for county, which was organized in 1856, but used makeshift quarters for offices and courtrooms until this building was erected 1890-91. Style is local version of the Second Renaissance Revival. White limestone for the structure was quarried locally. B.F. Trester of San Antonio drew the plans - for $5. Contractors: Ed Braden & Sons. Interior was remodeled and a wing added in 1966.
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 291.)
Location. 29° 43.597′ N, 99° 4.368′ W. Marker is in Bandera, Texas, in Bandera County. Marker is on Main Street (State Highway 173) north of Hackberry Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Mounted on subject building just right of the main entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 504 Main Street, Bandera TX 78003, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Montel C.S.A. / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Huffmeyer Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bandera Pass One Mile to Ruins of Camp Verde (approx. 11.7 miles away); Penateka Comanches (approx. 11.7 miles away).
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1. Bandera County Courthouse.
This elegant 1890 Renaissance revival courthouse designed by B.F. Trester was built of native rusticated limestone. (Submitted on December 8, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Bandera County Courthouse and Jail.
The Bandera County Courthouse, built in 1890 at the corner of Main and Pecan streets, is a Renaissance Revival style building designed by San Antonio architect B.F. Trester. It is three-story building with a central clock tower made from rusticated limestone cut from a local quarry. The current jail is a non-historic, modern facility located along State Highway 16 on the north end of town. (Submitted on December 8, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Bandera County History.
The first Europeans to set foot in what is now Bandera County were the Spanish, who probably explored the region in the early eighteenth century. Bandera is Spanish for "flag," and there are a number of colorful accounts as to how the county was named. One has it that a Spanish general named Bandera led a punitive expedition in the area against the Apaches after the Indians raided San Antonio de Béxar. Another relates that after pursuing the Indians to Bandera Pass the Spanish left a flag or flags to (Submitted on December 8, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
4. Amasa Clark.
Amasa Clark is celebrated as Bandera's first permanent settler. He lived to be 101 and had a total of 19 children. He survived an attack by robbers along the road to San Antonio, a traumatic drought and an equally traumatic flood and started a successful business, "Elmdale Nursery," where hundreds of his pear trees still stand today. His ranch has been recognized in a Texas Family Land Heritage Program. "Old Man Clark" attributed his long life to the healthy climate of Bandera County and to the healthy lifestyle-no tobacco or alcohol. At age 101, he rode his horse to town to vote and still worked his farm (Submitted on December 8, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
5. Cowboy Capital of the World.
Given that Bandera's early history was carved-literally-from cypress wood, why has Bandera become known as "the Cowboy Capital of the World?" Some claim the large number of dude ranches in the area corralled the name. Some claim it (Submitted on December 8, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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