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

The Five Courthouses of Walker County

The Five Courthouses of Walker County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, September 19, 2009
1. The Five Courthouses of Walker County Marker
Inscription. The first Walker County Courthouse was available for county Commissioners Court meetings in July 1848; the building was finally completed in the center of the Huntsville public square in 1850. Because of a defective foundation, a second courthouse had replaced it by 1853.

Repairs made in 1856 did not hold long. The design for the third county courthouse featured a grand jury house in the southwest corner of the grounds rather than inside the courthouse itself. Dubbed "The Little Courthouse," the grand jury house was completed and in use by 1861. Construction on the main courthouse was interrupted by the Civil War; it was finished in 1869 but major repairs were necessary within a couple of years.

On the first day of 1888 the grand jury house was again called into service after the main courthouse burned. The Commissioners Court selected Eugene T. Heiner of Houston to design a new building. The construction contract was awarded to N. Darling of Palestine. Darling set to work in late spring and erected Heiner's vision, replete with Victorian Gothic, Renaissance revival and Italianate details. That structure, the fourth Walker County courthouse, gradually welcomed back the social and religious groups of the county. Other uses included the Walker County Fair of 1912 and a lecture series sponsored by Texas A & M University in 1914. The interior of the building burned in 1968. At that time, it was one of the 25 oldest courthouses in the state of Texas.

The fifth Walker County Courthouse, a modern brick and steel structure, was completed in 1970. It remained in service at the dawn of the 21st century.
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12278.)
Location. 30° 43.398′ N, 95° 33.03′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Texas, in Walker County. Marker is on University Ave.. Touch for map. Located on courthouse grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 University Avenue, Huntsville TX 77342, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walker County (a few steps from this marker); Forrest Lodge No. 19, A.F. & A.M. (within shouting distance of this marker); Cornerstone of the Fourth Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Gibbs Store (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bedias Indians (about 600 feet away); Sam Houston (approx. 0.3 miles away); Oakwood Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 676 times since then and 49 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on March 24, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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