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  Partner: Palestine Public Library
 Collection: Rescuing Texas History, 2007
[Third Anderson County Courthouse]

[Third Anderson County Courthouse]

Date: c. 1885
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
[Unidentified Man 03461]

[Unidentified Man 03461]

Date: c. 1900
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of an unidentified man in a wagon in front of a farm house somewhere in Anderson County.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Third Anderson County Courthouse]

[Third Anderson County Courthouse]

Date: c. 1885
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
[Anderson County Beauty Pagent]

[Anderson County Beauty Pagent]

Date: c. 1950
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of a beauty pagent held in Palestine.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Parade in Downtown Palestine]

[Parade in Downtown Palestine]

Date: c. 1950
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of a parade in downtown Palestine.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Third Anderson County Courthouse]

[Third Anderson County Courthouse]

Date: c. 1885
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
[412 S. Royall - Royall House]

[412 S. Royall - Royall House]

Date: 1900~
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative of the front of a two-story house located at 416 S. Royall in Palestine, Texas. There are people on the porch and in the front yard.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Palestine Railroad Depot]

[Palestine Railroad Depot]

Date: c. 1950
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the Palestine Train Depot. This building was torn down sometime in the 1980's.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Demolition of the Palestine Depot]

[Demolition of the Palestine Depot]

Date: c. 1985
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo taken during the demolition of the Palestine Railroad Depot taken during the 1980's.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Derden House - Bethel Texas]

[Derden House - Bethel Texas]

Date: c. 1900
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of the Derden house, which was located on US 287 North towards the community of Bethel. This house is no longer there. The Gus Engling Wildlife Preserve is where it once stood.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
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