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

Real County Courthouse

 
 
Real County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 30, 2014
1. Real County Courthouse Marker
Inscription. Leakey was the county seat of Edwards County from 1883 to 1891 when a vote moved the seat to Rocksprings. Real County, named for businessman and State Senator Julius Real, was organized from parts of Edwards, Kerr and Bandera counties in April 1913. Leakey was named the county seat and a temporary building was erected on the square. Controversy over the site of the county seat continued for several years, so Judge D. D. Thompson began planning for a permanent courthouse upon his election in 1917. Voters approved bonds to finance a permanent structure. The bonds were financed through Hanover National Bank of New York.

Architect H.A. Reuter designed the 1918 courthouse, and the firm of McCreary and Schott served as contractors. According to oral history, a local builder known as "Scotty" Archibald made a significant contribution, as well. E.F. Vanderbilt was construction superintendent.

Using native limestone quarried from Tucker Hollow near the site, workers erected Reuter's vision of a Classical Revival edifice with a fortress-like facade. The rusticated limestone bands were laid in regular courses with quicklime bonding to create the building's texture and solid feel. A stone pediment with simple cornice topped by a standing seam metal roof contributes to the building's character. Renovations and additions made
Real County Courthouse Marker (<i>wide view showing adjacent marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 30, 2014
2. Real County Courthouse Marker (wide view showing adjacent marker)
in 1978 transformed the original doors into large central windows with flat arch and transoms. The fine structure retains its original flavor and distinctive features and remains the center of Real County government.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-2000

 
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11692.)
 
Location. 29° 43.568′ N, 99° 45.735′ W. Marker is in Leakey, Texas, in Real County. Marker is on 4th Street east of Market Street (U.S. 83), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located near the south entrance to the Real County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 146 US-83, Leakey TX 78873, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Real County (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Real County (within shouting distance of this marker); John Leakey (within shouting distance of this marker); Leakey Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of McLaurin Massacre (approx. 6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Real County Courthouse.
(includes historic photographs of courthouse) The Ransom Annex on the east side of the 1917 courthouse was completed in 1978 and is, essentially, the new courthouse. The 1917 courthouse now houses county offices. This stone
Real County Courthouse (<i>corner view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 30, 2014
3. Real County Courthouse (corner view)
building was designed by Barton D. Riley & Associates. Both the South and North side of the 1917 Real County courthouse entrances were converted to windows. The courthouse contained a jail with two small cells that was used until 1978. The bars can still be seen on the windows. (Submitted on December 11, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Real County Courthouse Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 30, 2014
4. Real County Courthouse Entrance

Old jail bars still visible on lower right-hand courthouse windows
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 11, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 11, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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