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Wilson County Courthouse Square

Description: Arial view from the bell tower of the Wilson County Courthouse. This is a veiw looking west down onto the businesses which are located on the present day "C" street. Just visible from the edge of the photo is a coral. It looks like the people in the photo are either putting their horses or cattle into the coral.
Date: unknown
Partner: Wilson County Historical Society

Courthouse Yard

Description: Photo taken from the bell tower of the Wilson County Courthouse looking down onto the front yard. Photograph is of what is now the corners of Third and "C" street. Businesses beyond the beautiful courtyard include Rhode One Price Cash Store, John Driffith Co., and The Palace.
Date: unknown
Partner: Wilson County Historical Society

[Old Harrison County Courthouse, Marshall]

Description: This view of the old Harrison County Courthouse, built in 1900, is of the east facade as seen from East Houston Street. A statue of a Confederate soldier (since removed) can be seen in front. At right is the portico in front of the Hotel Marshall. Trees stand in a lawn surrounding the courthouse. Houston Street continues around the courthouse to create a square and then proceeds westward. It bisects the original town on an east-west line. This picture has been reversed. Hotel Marshall is on the south side of Houston, and the one-way signs should point to the right.
Date: unknown
Partner: Marshall Public Library

[Third Anderson County Courthouse]

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.
Date: unknown
Partner: Anderson County Historical Commission

[Third Anderson County Courthouse]

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.
Date: 1885~
Partner: Palestine Public Library

[Harrison County Courhouse Burns]

Description: The photo shows the Harrison County Courthouse burning on June 7, 1899. Materials left by a repairman working on the roof caught fire. Several groups, including a man on a horse, watch from N. Washington St. This was the third county courthouse, completed in 1889. Designed by Tozer & McQuirk of Dallas, local builder James Higgins did the construction. The building was designed in the Second Empire style, with a 275-foot tower, brick walls, sandstone trim, and Italianate detailing. It faced north toward N. Washington St. It was replaced within two years with a fourth courthouse which still stands.
Date: unknown
Partner: Marshall Public Library

[Old Harrison County Courthouse, Marshall]

Description: This view of the year 1900 Harrison County Courthouse in Marshall is of the east facade as seen from East Houston Street. The picture has been reversed; objects described are actually on the opposite side. The courthouse stands in a square which is still considered the center of Marshall. To the left can be seen the modern First National Bank. To the right is a portico fronting Hotel Marshall. Houston Street runs on an east-west axis to bisect the original town plan.
Date: unknown
Partner: Marshall Public Library