A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912

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large court rooms. During the war the basement
was fixed up for a guard-house, iron bars were
placed in the windows and doors and at various
times prisoners of war, captured at Galveston and
Sabine Pass, were confined there. It was not used
permanently for that purpose, however.
Ten years after it was built, this building also began
to crumble and in 1869 it was torn down and
another larger building was erected almost on the
same site, only a little further back from Congress
Avenue. This courthouse was an improvement over
those that had preceded it and was also more substantially
constructed, for it stood thirteen years.
In 1882 it was somewhat damaged by a wind storm,
and, being rather dilapidated in every way, the
County Commissioners decided to tear it down and
erect a new and finer building. There was a great
deal of friction between the members of the court
over plans and financial matters, but finally everything
was amicably settled and the courthouse was
built in 1888. The new building was much more
pretentious than any of the others that had preceded
it and it was evidently better constructed for it
served the purpose for which it had been constructed
from 1888 until 1907, or almost a quarter of a
century. In qo07 a special election was held and an
issue of $500,000 of bonds was authorized for the
purpose of building a courthouse in every way
worthy of the great County of Harris and the great
City of Houston. The bonds were issued and the
present magnificent courthouse was erected. It is

Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912. Houston, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/. Accessed December 18, 2014.