Anderson in Grimes County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Grimes County Courthouse
Unique Victorian Texas public building. Third courthouse here. Site, in an 1824 land grant from Mexico, was donated 1850 by Henry Fanthorp, first permanent settler in county.
Built 1891 of hand-molded brick with native stone trim. Vault is same one used in previous buildings; has twice withstood fires.
Tried here in 1930s, a Clyde Barrow gang member vowed he'd see court in infernal regions.
Erected 1965 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 8585.)
Location. 30° 29.321′ N, 95° 59.209′ W. Marker is in Anderson, Texas, in Grimes County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street (State Highway 429) and Buffington Lane, on the left when traveling north on South Main Street. Touch for map. Mounted at left of main entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 South Main Street, Anderson TX 77830, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Memory of Jesse Grimes and Mathew Caldwell (a few steps from this marker); Grimes County (a few steps from this marker); Grimes County, C.S.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); Rocky Creek Bridge (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington-on-the-Brazos (approx. 15.1 miles away).
More about this marker. Metal marker is somewhat weathered
Also see . . .
1. Grimes County Courthouse – Anderson. The Italianate courthouse designed by F.S. Glover and Company and completed in 1894 features both brick and native stone. It incorporates the east wall and foundations of an earlier courthouse that was destroyed by fire. Restoration completed in 2002. (Submitted on December 25, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. A Brief History of the Grimes County Courthouse. The first Grimes County Courthouse was constructed from cedar logs. Fire destroyed this structure in 1838 and in 1850 a ferocious wind destroyed the second Courthouse. W.W. Arrington designed the third Courthouse and built it from stone in February, 1859. This third courthouse burned on May 15, 1890 and the fire of January 20, 1893 destroyed the fourth courthouse. Presently, this, the fifth courthouse, was built in 1894. (Submitted on December 25, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Grimes County Courthouse. The Grimes County Courthouse was built in 1891 and remains a working courthouse (Submitted on December 25, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
4. Sarah Randolph Bradley Dodson (1812–1848). Lacking silk or bunting, Sarah made the flag out of three colored squares of cotton cloth. The square nearest the flagstaff was blue with a white star centered upon it. The middle square was white, and the outermost square was red. The flag was carried by the Harrisburg company to Gonzales, where an army of Texas colonists was assembling. Between October and December  it went with the company through the battle of Concepción and the siege of Bexar, though it is unclear whether the flag was actually carried in battle. The flag was reportedly taken back to Harrisburg when the company returned home, and it is said to have flown over the building where the Convention of 1836 met and declared independence from Mexico. (Submitted on December 26, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 24, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 69 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 24, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 25, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 7, 8, 9. submitted on December 26, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.