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  Partner: Palestine Public Library
 County: Anderson County, TX
 Language: English
[Freedmens First Vote - Palestine, Texas]

[Freedmens First Vote - Palestine, Texas]

Date: c. 1866
Creator: unknown
Description: This is a photo of the first Anderson County Courthouse the day of the Freedmen's First Vote. Notice the voters' horses tied to the railing and the Union guards watching over them to prevent opposition from taking or harming them.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Bonner's Ferry - Anderson County, Texas]

[Bonner's Ferry - Anderson County, Texas]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Bonner's Ferry over the Trinity River - Anderson County, Texas
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Main Street, Elkhart, Texas]

[Main Street, Elkhart, Texas]

Date: c. 1900
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of Main Street, Elkhart Texas. This whole town burned at one point and when it was rebuilt, all the main buildings were made of brick.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Third Anderson County Courthouse]

[Third Anderson County Courthouse]

Date: 1885 - 1916
Creator: unknown
Description: In 1885, Palestine, like most of the country, was in the midst of a depression, complicated by a series of railroad strikes, so there was little new construction. However, Anderson County had to have a new courthouse because the old one was literally falling down. And they were determined to have the finest and most up-to-date building that could be constructed. The Architect that was hired was William C. Dodson of Waco and building commenced in June of 1885 after demolition was completed on the old building. It was completed in May 1886 at a cost of $40,000 and was indeed impressive looking with it's tall three story dome and clocktower. The life of the building was cut short when a couple of incendiaries set fire to it on the night of January 6, 1913, in order to destroy evidence against one of them. The plan failed because the actual court records were housed in fireproof rooms, which were not damaged.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
["New Town" Palestine, Texas]

["New Town" Palestine, Texas]

Date: c. 1874
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of "New Town" (the part of town near the railroad tracks) taken about 1874-75.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Headstone of Billy Jackson - Anderson County, Texas]

[Headstone of Billy Jackson - Anderson County, Texas]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of the headstone of Billy Jackson, which is located in the Bethel Cemetery, Bethel, Texas (Anderson County).
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Miller Bldg - Palestine, TX.]

[Miller Bldg - Palestine, TX.]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of the Miller Building, which was later the home of the Ford Motor Company in Palestine, TX. David Aiken built this building
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Palestine Fire Department]

[Palestine Fire Department]

Date: c. 1880
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of the men of the Palestine Fire Department, posing outside of firehouse #1, home of the Hope Hook and Ladder Company.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Syrup Making in Anderson County]

[Syrup Making in Anderson County]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Unidentified people making syrup in Anderson County
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Royall Bank Building]

[Royall Bank Building]

Date: c. 1950
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of the Royall Bank Building. This bank faced Spring Street in downtown Palestine until the building was demolished in the late 1960's - Early 1970's
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
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