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Marfa in Presidio County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Presidio County Courthouse

 
 
Presidio County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 22, 2012
1. Presidio County Courthouse Marker
Inscription. A landmark of the Big Bend. Large dome is visible for miles. Constructed of native stone and brick made at Marfa. Stucco added later.

Built 1886 in this county's third seat of justice. First county seat was Fort Leaton, on the Rio Grande; second, Fort Davis.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1964

 
Erected 1964 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 4117.)
 
Location. 30° 18.795′ N, 104° 1.32′ W. Marker is in Marfa, Texas, in Presidio County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Lincoln Street (State Highway 17) and North Highland Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is just to the right of the entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Marfa TX 79843, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. El Paisano Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hunter Gymnasium (approx. mile away); Humphris-Humphreys House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Blackwell School (approx. half a mile away); Fort D.A. Russell
Presidio County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 22, 2012
2. Presidio County Courthouse Marker
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Building 98, Fort D. A. Russell (approx. 0.9 miles away); Presidio (approx. one mile away); Presidio County (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marfa.
 
Also see . . .
1. Presidio County Courthouse.
The 1886 Courthouse is the only one they've ever had. The county seat was moved from Fort Davis in 1885. Alfred Giles, famed English-born architect designed this Second Empire stone and brick building. (Submitted on March 20, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Presidio County Courthouse.
San Antonio architect Alfred Giles beat out eighteen other competitors to submit the winning bid on designing the 1886 courthouse at a cost of $60,000. Giles modeled the Second Empire style building after the El Paso courthouse he also designed in 1886. When the structure was completed, the county held a celebratory grand ball on January 1, 1887. (Submitted on March 20, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Early Picture of Presidio County Courthouse.
Photograph of the Presidio County courthouse in the middle of an open desert landscape. There is a small wooden building on the left of the courthouse and a stone building
Presidio County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 22, 2012
3. Presidio County Courthouse
to the far right of the courthouse. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The courthouse and jail in Marfa were built in 1886 from local brick and stone." (Submitted on March 20, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Presidio County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 2, 2014
4. Presidio County Courthouse
Presidio County Courthouse Centennial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 2, 2014
5. Presidio County Courthouse Centennial Marker
Presidio County Courthouse Centennial Marker (<b><i>detail</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 2, 2014
6. Presidio County Courthouse Centennial Marker (detail)
Presidio County Courthouse (<b><i>southwest view</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 2, 2014
7. Presidio County Courthouse (southwest view)
Presidio County Courthouse (<b><i>southeast view</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 2, 2014
8. Presidio County Courthouse (southeast view)
Presidio County Courthouse (<b><i>west view</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 2, 2014
9. Presidio County Courthouse (west view)
Old Presidio County Jail (<b><i>across street from courthouse</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 2, 2014
10. Old Presidio County Jail (across street from courthouse)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 3, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 327 times since then and 106 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 3, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4, 5, 6. submitted on March 20, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   7, 8, 9. submitted on March 22, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   10. submitted on March 26, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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